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ADHD Specialist

Freudly

Psychiatry located in Chicago (Magnificent Mile), Chicago, IL

If you struggle to pay attention or often feel restless, you may have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD is common in adults, especially when the condition goes undiagnosed in childhood and adolescence. If you or someone in your family struggles with symptoms of ADHD, schedule a same-day or next-day virtual assessment with the team at Freudly. Call the office in the Magnificent Mile neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, or request an appointment online today.

ADHD Q & A

What is ADHD?

ADHD is a common mental health disorder often diagnosed in children but common among adults. According to the American Psychiatric Association, an estimated 5% of children and 2.5% of adults have this disorder, which is characterized by impulsive behaviors and hyperactivity.

Adults with ADHD tend to struggle with work and responsibilities. The impulsive, hyperactive, and inattentive behaviors can inhibit your ability to stay focused on tasks, meet deadlines, and avoid errors. 

What are symptoms of ADHD?

Adults with ADHD may have difficulty staying focused on tasks at work and at home. You may also struggle to form relationships with others. 

Other common symptoms of adult ADHD include:

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

Adult symptoms of ADHD can be difficult to diagnose as the condition affects people differently. If you find it’s becoming increasingly difficult to do your job or notice changes in your behavior, it’s important you receive an accurate diagnosis from the team at Freudly.

What causes ADHD?

The exact cause of ADHD is unknown, but 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. 

If you were exposed to toxins such as 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 at Freudly offers highly customized treatments for ADHD that may include medication and therapy. Throughout your treatment, the team focuses on helping you stay in better control of your condition and reducing the frequency and severity of impulsive behaviors and concentration issues.

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 have concerns about changes in your behavior or symptoms of ADHD, call Freudly to schedule a virtual same-day or next-day appointment for an ADHD evaluation. You can also schedule a telemedicine consultation online.