ADHD

South Valley Neurology

Neurologists & Pediatric Neurologists located in Morgan Hill, CA & San Jose, CA

If you’re frustrated because you frequently misplace things, can’t get organized, or seem to have uncontrollable emotions, you may have ADHD. Although often considered to be a children’s disorder, ADHD also affects adults. The experienced team at South Valley Neurology has extensive experience diagnosing and treating ADHD, including prescribing medication and teaching practical skills to help you manage daily life with ADHD. To schedule an appointment, call their office in San Jose, California, for pediatric care or the office in Morgan Hill, California, for older children and adult appointments. You can also book an appointment online.

ADHD Q & A

What is ADHD?

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobiological condition that affects specific areas of your brain.

Brain-imaging studies show dysfunction in areas that control attention, sensorimotor function, and executive function, which regulates skills needed for self-control and organization.

Even though ADHD is frequently diagnosed in childhood, it persists into adulthood for about 30-70% of children. You may develop the condition at a young age, but not get diagnosed until you reach adulthood. It’s also possible that ADHD may not begin until adulthood.

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

ADHD is characterized by three types of symptoms: inattentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. When ADHD appears in adults, their symptoms include behaviors such as:

  • Constantly active and energized
  • Feeling like you can’t turn off your brain
  • Feeling restless or finding it hard to relax
  • Very disorganized
  • Frequently losing things
  • Starting projects but never finishing them
  • Often late to appointments or missing deadlines

The difference between ADHD and ADD is that people with ADD only have symptoms and issues with inattentiveness, and aren't hyperactive or impulsive.

How are ADHD symptoms different in adults and children?

The guidelines used to diagnose ADHD say that adults have the same symptoms as children. While that’s true, recent research among adults with ADHD shows that there are some differences between adults and children.

Research shows that adults tend to have more significant deficits in executive functioning. Adults with ADHD also have a hard time regulating their emotions.

Additionally, adults with ADHD often have low working memory. As a result, it’s hard to stick with instructions and follow through on a plan of action.

How is ADHD treated?

After an assessment to verify whether you have ADD or ADHD, your provider at South Valley Neurology may begin treatment by recommending medication. ADHD responds well to stimulant medications, which improve your attention by increasing levels of brain chemicals.

Your doctor at South Valley Neurology also works with you to develop a treatment plan that best fits your needs and lifestyle, helping you function better in your daily life with ADHD. Your doctor educated you or your child on techniques to manage everyday challenges caused by ADHD/ADD symptoms.

If you or your child have a hard time paying attention, feel hyperactive, or experience any other symptoms of ADHD, call South Valley Neurology, or book an appointment online.