Healthcare professionals often diagnose individuals with attention disorders when they show signs of being unable to pay attention or control impulses. ADD is one of the most common attention disorders observed, but it’s one of many. Because ADD shares symptoms with many other conditions, it’s critical that the disorder is properly diagnosed. Liberty Bay Recovery in Portland, Maine has the right tools and staff to help diagnose and treat a wide array of attention disorders.
We are able to prescribe and refill medication for anxiety and depression, but for other mental health concerns we refer out. Certainly, more severe mental health concerns may arise after you have some time clean and sober. If these traits emerge, or they were not disclosed during admission, we do our best to find outside psychiatric help while you are receiving treatment.
Classic Attention Deficit Disorder
This disorder is commonly referred to as ADD. Because it is so common and well-researched, it is quite easy to diagnose. Common symptoms of ADD include, but aren’t limited to, being disorganized, failing to pay attention, being hyperactive, becoming distracted easily, and often failing to control impulses. Brain scans taken from individuals diagnosed with ADD often depict regular activity during periods of rest. When a person with ADD partakes in a focus-intensive task, brain scans tend to show a low amount of activity. ADD is treated by using Ritalin and natural remedies in order to increase dopamine levels. Exercise is also regularly recommended for individuals with ADD.
Healthcare professionals diagnose inattentive ADD when excessively low dopamine levels and decreased activity of the prefrontal cortex are observed. Symptoms of inattentive ADD include procrastination, disorganization, becoming easily distracted, and the inability to pay attention for long periods of time. It must be noted that those with inattentive ADD don’t display hyperactive or impulsive symptoms. However, they spend much of their time daydreaming and staying withdrawn. Inattentive ADD is observed more in females than in males. This type of attention disorder is commonly treated by increasing dopamine levels.
All of the basic symptoms of ADD are observed in people with over-focused ADD. However, this disorder exhibits an additional symptom of trouble with shifting attention. Those with over-focused ADD will often dwell on negative thoughts or display negative behavior. This disorder is marked by a decrease in dopamine and serotonin, as well as an overactive anterior cingulate gyrus (commonly referred to as the brain’s “gear shift”). Over-focused ADD is treated by increasing dopamine and serotonin levels.
Temporal Lobe ADD
In the brain, the temporal lobe is responsible for learning, mood, and regulating memory. When a person struggles with temporal lobe ADD, they have trouble with memory, learning, and extreme anger or aggression. Extreme paranoia is also sometimes observed. Temporal lobe ADD is commonly treated with magnesium supplements. This medication specifically treats the irritability and anxiety.
Those with limbic ADD will display basic ADD symptoms, but they will also commonly feel a sense of sadness. Moodiness, fatigue, and feelings of helplessness, guilt, and low self-esteem are often observed in individuals with limbic ADD. It must be noted that the symptoms of limbic ADD are not indicative of depression. Rather, limbic ADD indicates an overactive limbic area in the brain. This area is responsible for controlling mood. Limbic ADD is treated by increasing dopamine levels.
Ring of Fire ADD
Ring of Fire ADD derives its name from the classic red ring that is depicted in brain scans of those suffering from the disorder. It essentially means that there are several overactive areas all over the brain. Symptoms of ring of fire ADD can be sporadic. For example, a person suffering from the disorder might display unpredictable behavior, sensitivity to light and noise, periodic bursts of nasty or mean behavior, anxiety, or paranoia. Stimulants can be harmful when prescribed by themselves. Diet changes and blood pressure medication has been shown to be helpful.
Anxious ADD is marked by basic ADD symptoms along with anxiety, tension, stomachaches, and headaches. The physical aches and pains are commonly manifestations of stress. Brain scans of those with anxious ADD indicate a very high basal ganglia. Treatment of this disorder includes anti-depressants, calming supplements, and relaxation.
How Are Attention Disorders Diagnosed?
Symptoms of an attention disorder must be present for a minimum of six months before a diagnosis can be made. The symptoms will usually interfere with a person’s school or work life. Common basic symptoms of attention disorders include inability to focus or pay attention, overlooking detail, failing to listen, failing to follow instructions, frequent forgetfulness, and avoidance of difficult tasks. Symptoms of hyperactivity commonly include interrupting others, squirming, fidgeting, excessively talking, and being active in unsuitable situations.
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Seeking treatment for attention disorders is imperative to promote a healthy, fulfilling life. An attention disorder, when left untreated, can bar a person from learning in school, getting a great job, or maintaining healthy relationships with others.
Don’t wait anymore; call us at 844-894-2673 today at Liberty Bay Recovery to find out how you can help your loved one overcome their attention disorder.
We can assist individuals with a wide ray of insurances including Humana, Cigna, United Healthcare, Aetna, GEHA, ValueOptions, UMR, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, Providence Health Plans, and even state insurance. Self-pay options are also available.
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Liberty Bay Recovery is located in Portland, Maine, and it is the leading trusted resource for treating attention disorders of all types in both men and women. Many therapy methods are available to assist in various types of situations. Contact us today to learn more about treating you or your loved one’s attention disorder.