ADHD Mandeville, Covington, Hammond, Slidell, New Orleans. Psychiatrist


ADHD Treatment


What’s the difference? ADD is the term that was first used in the DSM III manual in 1980 to describe Attention Deficit Disorder. In 1987 when the DSM-III R came out and the name was changed to ADHD for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is interesting that whether a person is predominately hyperactive or inattentive, the term ADHD is still used as ADD was officially retired in 1987.

What is ADHD?

The world’s understanding continues to grow, and billions of dollars are spent every year trying to understand, and treat this disorder. The disorder’s name describes what is seen by a parent or doctor, but does not describe the actual problem. The problem, in fact, appears to be microscopic. It is believed that there is a neurotransmitter deficiency between brain cells in the pre-frontal cortex. It is likely a combination of genetic (primarily genetic with a 80% passage through the father’s side), and environmental factors. It does not appear to be related to food, dye, sugar, or parenting styles. The underlying denominator appears to be the pre-frontal cortex’s ability to provide executive functioning, organize thoughts, and exert control over the rest of the brain. Imagine a kindergarten class without the teacher present, or an orchestra without the conductor. The pre-frontal cortex is an important part of the brain, without it functioning correctly, the rest of the brain (though able) can’t “listen” to its commands.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Treatment

Treatment starts with understanding, patience and caring. Medical treatment has a goal of increasing the amount of neurotransmitters between brain cells to allow them to function properly, or to increase the receptive ability of the brain cells so they are better able to “hear” what is happening in between the brain cells. Treatment may also involve evidence based psychological strategies that have scientifically been proven to minimize the impact of ADHD. At Acadian Care we’re firm believers in the value of positive reinforcement, patience, and understanding. Counseling can be helpful, accommodating the child to some degree, to help prevent excessive frustration. We have a goal as well of providing the child with insight, coping skills, and the psychological tools necessary to overcome the ADHD obstacle. Having ADHD is difficult, overcoming this obstacle, however, without a doubt makes one a stronger, and more capable individual. Children with ADHD can go on to become whatever they want to be, including: artists, musicians, engineers, teachers, nurses, doctors, biologists, scientists, veterinarians, or whatever they want to be.

Treating ADHD involves the community. The patient, family, educators, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, and therapists all working together. Treating this disorder strengthens the bonds between family members, and the community.

At Acadian Care, we are reminded daily of the love and caring our parents have for their children. We are reminded of the resourcefulness, of the community. And, above all, we’re reminded of the spirit our children show, and their desire to help make the world a better place.

Psychiatrists, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Psychiatrists, and psychiatric providers like psychiatric nurse practitioners oversee the general direction of treatment.  Psychiatrists can make a diagnosis of ADHD utilizing DSM 5 evidence based criteria. Behavioral techniques, educational resources, and medicine are customized to the individual patient. Psychiatrists can also help identify and treat other disorders that may be co-existing with ADHD such as depression, anxiety, OCD, family issues, functional complications, etc..

Psychologists, and ADHD

Psychologists at Acadian Care can perform psychological testing at our Mandeville and Slidell locations to help diagnose ADHD. Psychologists also can provide behavioral support, parenting, and therapy for treatment.

Mandeville / Covington clinic treatment providers:

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Mandeville Clinic Address, and Phone:

1150 West Causeway
Mandeville, LA

Slidell Clinic treatment Providers:

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Slidell Clinic Address, and Phone:

113 Christian Lane
Slidell, LA

Hammond / Ponchatoula Clinic treatment providers:

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Hammond Clinic Address, and Phone:

2545 Veterans Avenue
Ponchatoula, LA 70403

New Orleans Clinic treatment providers:

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1500 Baronne Street
New Orleans, LA 70113

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder Medicines:

There are two main types of medicines used to treat ADHD. Stimulants and non-stimulants. Stimulants tend to work quickly and wear off the same day they are taken. Non-stimulants tend to build up in the body over time and can work over a period of days to weeks.

ADHD Diagnosis and Tests

ADHD can be diagnosed by a Psychiatrist, Child Psychiatrist, Psychologist, and a Nurse Practitioner. Only Psychologists at our clinics can provide Psychological Tests for ADHD. Psychological testing is only available at this time at our Slidell and Mandeville Clinics.

For more information: AACAP Resource Center

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