Have you been misdiagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder?

by Bevon Findley (SU)

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a syndrome thought to be a neurochemical imbalance of dopamine and norepinephrine. Dopamine and norepinephrine are neurotransmitters that affect attention, concentration, emotions, and executive functioning.

            This syndrome ADD/ ADHD is often treated with medications such as stimulants, antidepressants, and anxiolytics. In this practice I utilize advanced pharmacogenomics testing (by cheek swab) to help select the most effective medications based on your metabolic profile to alleviate much of the trial and error that has been traditionally associated with psychopharmacology.

·         Do you find that you procrastinate on your assignments?
·         Are you unable to complete or create your to-do list?
·         Has it always been difficult to stay organized?
·         Have people speculated that you might have ADD?

If you answered yes to these questions it is possible you may have undiagnosed ADD. Another common trait in people with ADD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is that they feel demoralized, anxious or depressed about their school or work performance despite their best efforts. Untreated ADD/ ADHD increase an individual’s risk for depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.  The stimulants used to treat ADD and ADHD are also commonly abused which makes it difficult for true sufferers to get the help they need.

Unfortunately, the symptoms of ADD/ ADHD can overlap with other psychiatric conditions like major depression, generalized anxiety, PTSD, thyroid disorders, poor nutrition or even insomnia. Failing to treat an underlying condition that is causing the symptoms of ADD/ ADHD can often make the symptoms harder to treat and further the feelings of frustration.  A comprehensive physical examination and psychiatric evaluation is essential in arriving at an accurate diagnosis. It may even be discovered that you indeed have ADD or ADHD.

Addressing the symptoms of ADD/ ADHD can have a significant impact on your performance, relationships and quality of your life in general. In addition to psychopharmacology behavioral therapy can also be very effective in enhancing performance. Behavioral therapy will also alter brain chemistry to reduce your ADD/ ADHD symptoms. 
            Should you decide to take a comprehensive approach to your ADD/ ADHD that differs from the conventional treatment of the monthly refill you may be surprised at the outcome. I aim to use the least amount of most effective medication in combination with psychodynamic and education therapy only after a complete physical exam and psychiatric evaluation.