Must Know Information About ADD / ADHD

When you think of children with ADD/ADHD, you typically focus on the child who can’t sit still or focus, who is bouncing off the walls and disruptive.

However, did you know that inattentiveness is also a form of ADD/ADHD? While hyperactivity is definitely a characteristic of the disorder, so is lack of attention and impulsiveness. ADD/ADHD can often follow into adulthood if it’s not managed properly. In fact, many adults suffer from ADD/ADHD because it was never properly diagnosed for them in childhood. This is because many of the symptoms of ADD can often be mistaken for normal “kid behavior.” However, this disorder can be very challenging for adults and affects every aspect of their lives.

The primary characteristics of ADD/ADHD children are:

  1. Inattentive, but not hyperactive or impulsive.
    This is the child who quietly stares off into space during school and may be considered lazy or unmotivated but not disruptive.
  2. Hyperactive and impulsive, but able to pay attention.
    This is the child who may talk non-stop and have trouble sitting still, but can focus on activities of interest.
  3. Inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive (the most common form of ADD/ADHD).
    These are the kids who have trouble focusing, are disruptive, and often act without thinking.

For a child, living with ADD/ADHD can be equally as difficult as it is for adults. They may struggle in school because they’re not able to focus on tasks, follow directions or they’re considered disruptive. They also may have a hard time making and keeping friends.

ADD/ADHD can look very different in adults than it does in children. The most common characteristics of adult ADD/ADHD are:

  1. Inability to concentrate and stay focused.
    This can mean that you have a hard time listening to others, are very distracted, overlook details and have a hard time staying on task.
  2. Hyper focusing issues.
    This is becoming so absorbed in an activity of interest that you completely ignore or neglect other tasks or things you need to get done.
  3. Disorganization and forgetfulness.
    This typically takes the form of chaos; you often forget appointments, procrastinate, have poor organizational skills and have trouble managing time.
  4. Impulsivity.
    This shows up as poor self-control, acting recklessly, and trouble inhibiting your behaviors, comments and responses.
  5. Emotional difficulties.
    This is someone who doesn’t deal well with stress, has low self-esteem, trouble staying motivated, is easily flustered, and has a sense of underachievement.
  6. Hyperactivity.
    This shows up the same in adults as it does in children. There is a tendency to get bored easily, bounce from task to task, with racing thoughts and trouble sitting still.

You may NOT have all of these symptoms, but living with any of the symptoms of adult ADD/ADHD can be challenging and frustrating. This disorder can cause problems in your work, marriage, and personal relationships. It can also feel very overwhelming and challenging to stay on top of daily tasks and keep things organized.

Traditional Medicine and ADD/ADHD

Traditional medicine will prescribe medications when dealing with ADD/ADHD in both adults and children. Unfortunately, medications often times come with unwanted side effects and do not actually treat the underlying cause of the ADD/ADHD symptoms and the condtion.  The good news is that there are solutions for both adults and children that don’t involve the use of medications, and are both safe and highly effective. That solution is found in Functional Medicine and Functional Neurology.

Functional Medicine and Functional Neurology to help ADD/ADHD

Did you know that ADD/ADHD is actually a brain imbalance? Many patients are finding solutions for their ADD/ADHD through Functional Neurology and Functional Medicine, which focuses on finding the root cause of a condition or disorder and then optimizing the patient's body and brain function to get relief from tough, chronic conditions such as ADD/ADHD.

A certified Functional Neurologist and Functional Medicine practitioner, like Dr. Randy Hansbrough located in Stuart, Florida, takes a much more thorough approach than you’ve probably seen from your traditional medicine practitioner.

Because of his training in both Functional Neurology and Functional Medicine, Dr. Hansbrough looks at your body as a whole operating system.

When one system is imbalanced it affects everything else. He uses a three-step process to evaluate your current condition and create a plan—that is natural, safe and effective that does not involve the use of medications—to get you back on the road to wellness. The process is this:

  1. Comprehensive Evaluation and testing for proper diagnosis.
    Dr. Hansbrough will give you a brain evaluation and create a brain map that will let him know why your brain has lost its normal balance and efficiency of performance. He will also run necessary lab tests to determine any other imbalances in your body systems that need to be addressed.
  2. Customized Care.
    Dr. Hansbrough understands that every patient is unique. This is why he creates care plan for every patient based on his or her own individual test results and brain analysis. Dr. Hansbrough offers some of the most effective and safe, drug-free care options in Florida, including Neurofeedback.
  3. Coaching (through recovery for long-term results).
    The recovery process can be challenging at times because it often requires commitment to lifestyle changes and therapies. Change takes determination, and Dr. Hansbrough and his team are there to support you throughout the entire process with education about your condition, mentoring and coaching through the therapies necessary to help you improve your condition and reclaim your health.

If you or someone you love is tired of living with this debilitating disorder, understand there are other options and solutions available for you. You don’t have to be stuck taking medications with undesirable side effects for the rest of your life. Working with a Functional Neurologist and Functional Medicine practitioner like Dr. Randy Hansbrough can give you the help you've been looking for!

Contact Dr. Randy Hansbrough's Stuart Florida ADD/ADHD clinic today at (772) 287-7701 to find out how you can benefit from his proven track record of successfully helping patients.

Dr. Hansbrough

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Stuart Florida ADD/ADHD Doctor, Dr. Randy Hansbrough, DC, DACAN, FIACN, focuses on helping children and adults with ADD/ADHD and other brain disorders. Learn more >>

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