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ADHD

Board-Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist & Board Certified Psychiatrist located in Raleigh, NC and Richmond, VA

ADHD

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is diagnosed in children, teens, and adults, potentially causing a lifetime of emotional and behavioral challenges that affect your personal, academic, and occupational success. Zev Zingher, MD, provides holistic care for ADHD at Zingher Psychiatric in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Zingher schedules in-person appointments at both locations and provides comprehensive ADHD care through telehealth to people throughout North Carolina and Virginia. Call or connect online to schedule an office or virtual visit and begin ADHD treatment that improves the quality of your life.

ADHD Q & A

What is ADHD?

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that begins when the brain develops differently, affecting areas responsible for regulating attention, behavior, and emotions. The same brain areas are also essential for planning, organizing, and following directions.

Though the signs of ADHD are frequently recognized in early childhood, the condition may not be diagnosed until adolescence or adulthood. ADHD is a developmental disability, which means the condition often lasts throughout a person’s lifetime.

How will I recognize the signs of ADHD?

There are three types of ADHD, and each one causes distinct symptoms: 

Inattentive ADHD

If you or your child have inattentive ADHD, you’ll have symptoms such as:

  • Being easily distracted
  • Making reckless mistakes
  • Missing important details
  • Not finishing tasks
  • Losing important items
  • Struggling to stay organized
  • Having a hard time following directions

People with inattentive ADHD often let their minds wander in situations where they should pay attention, like during a lesson at school or a presentation at work.

Hyperactive/impulsive ADHD

Hyperactive/impulsive ADHD causes symptoms such as:

  • Fidgeting
  • Talking too much
  • Interrupting others
  • Being constantly active
  • Acting without thinking
  • Having a hard time waiting to take turns

Hyperactivity symptoms often change as you get older. For example, adults may feel nervous or agitated instead of physically fidgeting.

Combined ADHD

Some people only have inattentive symptoms; others can maintain attention but struggle with hyperactive and impulsive symptoms. You have combined ADHD if you or your child have problems with both types.

How is ADHD treated?

Dr. Zingher takes time to learn about each person’s unique challenges and completes a psychiatric evaluation to diagnose the type of ADHD. Then, he creates a customized treatment plan that meets your unique mental health and behavioral needs.

ADHD treatment often includes a combination of medication management and psychotherapy. Medications boost attention and reduce hyperactivity. Therapy helps patients understand how ADHD affects their daily lives and teaches how to improve challenges like poor organizational or social skills.

Dr. Zingher often works with parents, suggesting techniques they can use at home to support their child with ADHD. He may also recommend transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a safe, noninvasive treatment using magnetic waves to improve brain function and produce long-lasting improvement in ADHD.

Call Zingher Psychiatric today or connect online to request an appointment and start treatment that helps you overcome the challenges of ADHD.