The term ADHD, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, long ago entered people’s vocabulary. You hear it tossed around schools a lot by teachers. However, there’s a general misunderstanding of what attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is, who it affects, and how it can be treated.
There’s a tendency to think of ADHD as just a kid’s “inability to focus.” The fact is, research has repeatedly proved that ADHD can actually be seen in a person’s brain. MRIs show the differences between a person’s brain without ADHD and one who does have the condition. It’s real, it affects both old and young, and it’s frustrating, especially when people keep dismissing it out of hand as something less than concrete.
At Arcara, our staff is comprised of three licensed psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners (MHNPs). That means our focus is specifically on psychiatry and we are highly trained to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients with many conditions.
The first step to helping patients with ADHD is a thorough evaluation. We’ll meet with you in one of our two offices, whether in Boston or Westborough, and discuss your history, both medical and personal, including any medications you have taken for ADHD or therapy you have undergone. By the end of this evaluation, once we have confirmed your ADHD diagnosis, we may prescribe medication. ADHD is proven to respond very well to medication, so long as treatment is monitored. We will clearly explain what ADHD is and teach you coping strategies. Additionally, we will schedule follow-up appointments and monitor your progress, adjust your medication as needed, and offer appropriate lifestyle advice to further help you minimize your ADHD symptoms. Our offices both in Boston and Westborough, MA, specialize in ADHD coaching. We have excellent working relationships with Boston psychiatrists who specialize in treating ADHD and can provide referrals as appropriate.
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is very real and very frustrating. Give us a call today and let us help.