CONDITIONS WE TREAT
Let us simplify what may otherwise seem complicated.
We realize you and your loved ones are more than a label. Using common diagnostic terms can aid understanding and help guide treatment solutions.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects nearly 11% of children. ADHD is characterized by inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with the ability to function day to day in school, work, or social settings.
Children with ADHD may have:
- difficulty maintaining focus on tasks,
- difficulty sitting still,
- or may become easily distracted by things going on around them.
Some children may have problems with attention but may lack the hyperactivity that signals the disorder and often these children are not properly identified and treated.
Adults with ADHD
Adults with ADHD may have problems keeping jobs or may struggle with addictions. People with ADHD often struggle with executive functions- the ability to plan and organize tasks, shift from one task to another, remember what they are doing while they are doing it, start tasks with ease, and maintain emotional control.
Often these untreated executive function problems persist even after treatment with medication and it is recommended they be addressed as part of treatment to ensure that the person with ADHD is able to function better within their environments and be successful.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends neurofeedback, medication, and certain types of therapy as the top treatments for ADHD. Because we all of these at Serin Center, there are a wide range of possibilities for the course of treatment so that adults or children with ADHD can choose the path that is best for them.
More on the Science of ADHD
ADHD has been associated with abnormalities in the salience network, responsible for integrating and organizing incoming stimuli and sensory information. Elton et al. (2014) assessed neural functional connectivity differences between 155 children diagnosed with ADHD and 145 typically developing children using fMRI data. They assessed the dorsal attention network (DA), default mode network (DM), salience processing network (SAL), and executive control network (CON).
Hyperactive/impulsive symptoms were associated with decreased DM, increased right-lateralized SAL in the fusiform/parahippocampal gyri, decreased DA in the medial prefrontal cortex and increased CON in the left inferior/middle temporal gyrus. Sensorimotor regions demonstrated hypo-connectivity with CON but hyper-connectivity with DM. CON plays a role in task initiation in controlling behavior by preparing sensory/motor responses. This disruption may lead to increased ADHD symptoms (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24615988).
What We Don’t Treat
We are not an emergency clinic. We are an outpatient provider so we do not have inpatient facilities. We are not a hospital and do not provide detox services for addictions. We do not treat schizophrenia or brain disorders related to advancing age such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. We are not contracted with any court system and do not provide court ordered services related to child custody or other matters.
ADHD affects 11% of school-age children (4-17) and symptoms continue into adulthood in more than 75% of children. Boys are over twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD (13.3%) compared to girls (5.6%)
Source: National Resource Center on ADHD