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July 2, 2024

Do You Need to See a Psychiatrist for ADHD?

by Ani Fitzgerald, PA-C

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects people of all ages, that can cause difficulties with attention, concentration, hyperactivity, and/or impulsivity. While many people with ADHD manage their symptoms through lifestyle changes and therapy, some may benefit from psychiatric intervention. Here’s a closer look at when it might be appropriate to see a psychiatrist for ADHD and how they can help.

ADHD Diagnosis Confirmation

If you have not been formally diagnosed, but have questions regarding symptoms that may include difficulty with focus, concentration, impulsivity, or distractibility, a psychiatrist can help you rule in or out, the possibility that you have ADHD. ADHD symptoms can be complex and vary widely. Symptoms often overlap with other conditions like anxiety, PTSD, depression, or bipolar disorder. Some medical disorders such as hypo/hyperthyroidism, can mimic symptoms as well. A psychiatrist can conduct a thorough evaluation to confirm a diagnosis and rule out other potential causes (psychiatric and medical).

Managing ADHD with Coexisting Conditions

It is also possible to have ADHD with another/other conditions, as ADHD frequently coexists with other mental health or medical disorders. Psychiatrists are trained to manage these complex scenarios and address multiple aspects of a person’s well-being.

Treatment Planning for ADHD

Psychiatrists can help develop holistic treatment plans that may include behavioral modification, psychotherapy, and/or medication. They can provide ongoing monitoring and adjustments to optimize treatment effectiveness.

Therapeutic Support

Some psychiatrists specialize in therapeutic interventions tailored for ADHD, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or general behavioral modification techniques. They may also refer you to a psychotherapist for this, if you do not already have one. If medication is deemed necessary, these approaches can complement treatment and help individuals develop coping strategies through skill building, to promote long lasting improvement of symptoms.

At Avance Psychiatry, we have Behavioral Health Therapists on site also available, so you have access to all the care you need in one space and healthcare network.

Medication Management for ADHD

If indicated, psychiatrists are licensed to prescribe medications commonly used to manage ADHD symptoms. They can tailor medication choices and dosages to suit an individual’s needs by assessing biological, psychological, and social influences.

Personalized Care for ADHD

Every person with ADHD experiences unique challenges and strengths. Psychiatrists can provide personalized care, offering support and guidance based on a thorough understanding of the individual’s needs.

Seeking the help of a psychiatrist for ADHD can be beneficial for many individuals, particularly when symptoms are severe, coexisting conditions are present, or when precise medication management is necessary. It’s important to work collaboratively with healthcare professionals to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses all aspects of a diagnosis and promotes overall well-being.

Do not rely on self-diagnosis and treatment, but seek professional help if you or someone you know is struggling with ADHD symptoms. Consider reaching out to a psychiatrist or another healthcare provider (PCP, psychotherapist, etc.) for a thorough evaluation and personalized treatment recommendations.

Remember, managing ADHD effectively often involves a combination of strategies tailored to individual needs. With the right support, individuals with ADHD can thrive and lead fulfilling lives.

Avance Psychiatry has locations in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill. Learn more about a location near you by visiting here.

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