ADHD Specialist

South Texas Mental Health Associates

Psychiatrists located in Corpus Christi, TX

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) might be most often associated with children, but it’s also common in adults, especially when the condition went undiagnosed in childhood and adolescence. If you or someone in your family is demonstrating symptoms of ADHD, call the team at South Texas Mental Health Associates in Corpus Christi, Texas.

ADHD Q & A

What is ADHD?

ADHD is a common mental health disorder usually diagnosed in children. However, ADHD also affects many adults. According to the American Psychiatric Association, an estimated 5% of children and 2.5% of adults have this disorder, which is characterized by impulsivity and hyperactivity.

Both adults and children who have ADHD struggle with performing at school or work and developing relationships with others. Their impulsive, hyperactive, and inattentive behaviors can inhibit their ability to stay focused on tasks, meet deadlines, and avoid errors.

What are symptoms of ADHD?

The symptoms of ADHD are classified as inattentive or hyperactive.

In children, the inattentive symptoms include:

  • Frequent, careless mistakes in schoolwork
  • Inability to focus on tasks or play
  • Appearing inattentive, even when spoken to directly
  • Trouble following instructions
  • Frequently loses things like school assignments
  • Being easily distracted

Some of the common hyperactive symptoms in children include:

  • Trouble staying seated during class
  • Fidgeting
  • Running around, playing, or climbing in inappropriate environments
  • Inability to play quietly
  • Interrupting others
  • Talking during class
  • Not being able to wait their turn

Adults display symptoms of ADHD differently and can be more difficult to diagnose. Some common adult symptoms include:

  • Impulsive behaviors
  • Poor organizational skills
  • Poor time management
  • Trouble multitasking
  • Low tolerance for stress or frustration
  • Mood swings and a hot temper

What causes ADHD?

The exact cause of ADHD is currently unknown; however, there are risk factors associated with the condition. For example, if you have a family history of ADHD, it’s more likely that you or one of your children will develop the condition. Also if you were exposed to toxins like alcohol, cigarettes, illicit drugs, or environmental toxins like lead either during infancy or while your mother was pregnant with you, you have a higher risk of developing ADHD.

How is ADHD treated?

The team of psychiatrists and nurse practitioners at South Texas Mental Health Associates offer highly customized treatments that medication and therapy. Your prescribed medication should help level out your brain chemistry and reduce your symptoms so you can focus on learning to recognize your thought patterns and behaviors and adjust them as necessary.

If you’re concerned that you or your child has ADHD, call or schedule an appointment online today for an expert assessment with the team at South Texas Mental Health Associates.