If you struggle to focus or sit still because of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you can trust the experts at Nevada Family Psychiatry in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jay Somers, PA-C, DHSc, and his staff offer ADHD treatments that aid in your ability to pay attention, focus, and thrive at work, home, or in school. Call the Nevada Family Psychiatry office today to schedule an evaluation or use the online appointment request feature.
ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) is a common condition that makes it difficult to sit still or pay attention. It’s commonly diagnosed during middle adolescence, but adults often recognize later in life the impact that ADHD has had, and continues to have, in their life.
The Nevada Family Psychiatry specialists take the time to get each diagnosis right after gathering information from many different people. They understand the importance of knowing when ADHD, or something else, is the cause of frustration, focus, inattention, or hyperactivity problems.
ADHD has three main components: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Some people just have one or two of these components, and some have all three.
Common ADHD symptoms include:
When left untreated, ADHD can hinder school or workplace productivity and strain friendships, marriages, and work relationships.
The exact cause of ADHD isn’t clear, but some things increase your risk of having the condition. These include a family history of ADHD, childhood lead exposure, and central nervous system problems. You could have a higher risk of ADHD if your mother used drugs, drank alcohol, or smoked during pregnancy or if you were born prematurely. Some evidence supports the connection between ultra-processed foods, caffeine, and high-sugar foods and higher rates of ADHD, especially in adolescents and teenagers.
Dr. Somers diagnoses ADHD after reviewing your medical history and symptoms. He completes a psychiatric evaluation by asking questions about your mood, ability to focus, behavior patterns, and emotions. Psychometric testing is conducted to determine patterns, timing, and types of ADHD. He then designs a treatment plan just for you.
The following treatments can reduce ADHD symptoms and help you focus:
Setting a routine, making to-do lists, and breaking up large tasks into simpler ones can help you become more productive. It’s necessary to keep your stress levels low, get regular exercise, sleep enough, and limit processed foods, sugar, and simple carbohydrates (e.g., white bread & white rice).
Some medicines designed to treat ADHD can help you focus better at work or in school.
Working with Dr. Somers or a licensed therapist can teach you ways to alter thought or behavior patterns to stay on task, sit still easier, and remain focused. It can also powerfully influence the other things that can look like ADHD, like some forms of anxiety and depression.
Call the Nevada Family Psychiatry office today or use the online booking tool to be screened or treated for ADHD.