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You might hear people saying that ADHD is loosely diagnosed in children. That claim is true to an extent; some kids show ADHD at an early age but grow out of it around 8 years of age. The reality is these children don’t have ADHD, they just are not sure how to tame their hyper behaviors and overactive brains.

With adults, ADHD is a much clearer cut. Your brain has already matured and it’s easy to link any neurological inconsistencies to specific disorders. When visiting an ADHD doctor, you will typically get checked for both ADD and ADHD. In reality, ADD is a specific type of ADHD and they’re not two completely different disorders.

Doctors diagnose ADHD in adults first by looking for major red flags.

Signs of Attention Issues - ADHD doctor

Signs of Attention Issues

  • Do you have any attention issues?
  • Do you suffer from paying attention to detail?
  • Do you struggle with prioritizing important tasks?
  • Do you get distracted by absolutely anything that’s around you?
  • Do you frequently hear that you have horrible attention skills when conversing?
  • Do you struggle with absorbing more than just a few sentences of the written word?

Signs of Hyperactive Behavior

  • Do you fidget, tap your fingers repetitively or have a similar coping mechanism?
  • Do you never feel like you can get relaxed and always feel angst internally?
  • Do you chase adrenaline rushes or take on large risks carelessly?
  • Do you take on more than you can handle without realizing it?

Signs of Impulsive Behavior

  • Do you have no control over your spending habits?
  • Do you get bored and recklessly chase excitement?
  • Do you blurt things out, interrupt people or say things at the wrong times?
  • Do you generally make impulsive decisions regardless of how important they are?

Signs of Functioning Troubles

  • Do you stay messy and unorganized?
  • Do you struggle with planning and time management?
  • Do you regularly procrastinate even the smallest tasks?
  • Do you rely on others to maintain organization in your life?
  • Do you struggle with applying hindsight into your decision making?

These questions are some examples of what an ADHD doctor will ask to evaluate the likelihood of you having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Many other factors will come into play during your assessment but this should give you an idea.

ADHD Treatment Planning

Rest assured, life is not over because you’ve been diagnosed with ADHD. You now have confirmation that your mental and neurological setbacks are real. Knowing the cause of the barriers you face every single day is a major step toward self-improvement.

Now you can move forward and plan out your treatment solutions. If you get your ADHD diagnosis in San Francisco at EZ Care Clinic, here’s an idea of what your therapy program might include:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

A professional will work with you to restructure how your brain operates. The goal will be to teach positive behaviors that remedy ADHD’s nagging symptoms. CBT can help heal many issues that are frequent with ADHD in adults — such as brain fog, negative thoughts, a lack of productivity, low self-esteem and self-worth issues.

Family Therapy

While not always necessary, family therapy could be a beneficial part of your ADHD treatment process. The reality is that there is no full recovery. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is cruel and relentless; you live with it for life. CBT only teaches you how to stop the disorder from holding you back. Meanwhile, family therapy helps your loved ones learn what the disorder does to you so they can cope better when rough patches come up.

Get Your ADHD Diagnosis in San Francisco

Do you believe you exhibit some of the symptoms that an ADD or ADHD individual would possess? If so, we recommend you schedule an assessment with one of our ADHD doctors right away. The sooner your diagnosis is made, if you do suffer from the disorder, the quicker you can pave the way for a brighter future.

Request an ADHD diagnosis in San Francisco at our centrally located clinic via our ‘Appointments’ page. We’re open 7 days a week and you can typically get in for an assessment the day after making a reservation.


2 comments

  • Vanessa Carey

    March 1, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    My son is 4 (about to turn 5) and has ADHD/Anxiety, SPD and possibly ODD. We started meds last Nov. First Ritalin which two days later I took him off of. His anxiety was so bad he wouldn’t leave the house and was scared of everything. Then we tried Celexa; It took the edge off the aggressiveness but he was still impulsive and super hyperactive. Then we went to the ezcare clinic and when the doctor diagnosed him he was prescribed Adderall. A few months ago and now he is finally talking, which he did not do before, and it’s nice! When I ask him how his day was I get more than “I don’t know” or “stop asking me”. He does stutter a little and repeat certain phrases a couple of times before he can get the sentence out but it is so much better than what it was. He is talking nonstop about everything now. Sometimes, we even have conversations. The anger explosions have been dimming down too, I’m probably because he can communicate a lot better. This walk-in clinic did wonders, the physician helped diminish the hyperactivity and he seems to be happy with that.

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  • Barbara B. Mitchell

    March 3, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    My son was diagnosed with Attention Deficit disorder a few years ago and we have taken him to several different doctors which have prescribed him cocktails of pills which have worked only at the beginning. My friend informed me about this clinic and had nothing but great stuff to say about it so i decided to look into it a bit more. This Clinic is fairly new and there weren’t many reviews for their services so i was a bit skeptical about giving them a call but decided to simply because of my friend’s referral. When i stepped into the clinic i was introduced to the steps from a really friendly staff member, every question I had was answered and even the questions i didn’t ask were addressed. There is no doubt in my mind that these physicians really know what they are doing. After seeing the doctor and getting the ADHD diagnosis, he received his prescription and has been using it since. My son is a totally different kid on this medicine, he is focused, much calmer, and responsible. When not on the medicine, you can definitely see the difference (very hyper, giddy, not focused, lack of personal boundaries, etc). Thus, I would say that Adderall has worked great for him. The ADHD treatment has been God sent and I am truly happy to have found a way to ease my son’s life.

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