Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD, is one of the most common mental disorders that develop in children and can continue into adulthood. Those with untreated ADHD have impaired functioning in multiple settings, including home, school, work, and in relationships. If untreated, the disorder can have long-term adverse effects in adults.

Symptoms of ADHD will appear over the course of many months, and include:

  • Impulsiveness: acting quickly without thinking first.
  • Hyperactivity: can’t sit still when others are seated, talks when others are talking.
  • Inattention: daydreaming or seeming to be in another world, is sidetracked by what is going on around him or her.

If ADHD is suspected, a professional should make a diagnosis. This includes psychiatrists, psychologists, behavioral neurologists, and clinical workers. After ruling out other possible reasons for the behavior, the specialist may review the person’s medical records. A diagnosis is made only after all this information has been considered.
Many treatments — some with good scientific basis, some without — have been recommended for individuals with ADHD. The most proven treatments are medication and behavioral therapy.

Every person reacts to treatment differently, so it is important to work closely and communicate openly with a support system. Some common side effects of stimulant medications include weight loss, decreased appetite, and trouble sleeping; however, these reactions can often be controlled by dosage adjustments. Medication has proven effective in the short-term treatment of more than 76 percent of individuals with ADHD.
There are actually three different types of ADHD, each with different symptoms: predominantly inattentive, predominantly hyperactive/impulsive, and combined.

Those with the predominantly inattentive type often:

  • Fail to pay close attention to details or make careless mistakes
  • Have difficulty sustaining attention to tasks or leisure activities
  • Do not seem to listen when spoken to directly
  • Do not follow through on instructions and fail to finish projects, chores, or duties in the workplace
  • Have difficulty organizing tasks and activities
  • Avoid, dislike, or are reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort
  • Lose things necessary for tasks or activities
  • Are easily distracted by extraneous stimuli
  • Are forgetful in daily activities

Those with the predominantly hyperactive/impulsive type often:

  • Fidget with their hands or feet or squirm in their seat
  • Leave their seat in situations in which remaining seated is expected
  • Move excessively or feel restless during situations in which such behavior is inappropriate
  • Have difficulty engaging in leisure activities quietly
  • Are “on the go” or act as if “driven by a motor”
  • Talk excessively
  • Blurt out answers before questions have been completed
  • Have difficulty awaiting their turn
  • Interrupt or intrude on others

Those with the combined type, the most common type of ADHD, have a combination of the inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive symptoms.

As it is not common for people to admit to a treatment facility for ADHD, it may be necessary to stabilize which may require being sequestered from a negative social network or family situation. Malibu Recovery Center offers treatment on several different levels. We offer detox, medication management, residential treatment, day treatment and outpatient services. Malibu Recovery Center is adept at assisting those who are treated by outside physicians. We provide transportation to and from doctor and therapy appointments, healthy diet, and exercise to assist the resident in getting “grounded” and establishing their new routine. Getting Help: Malibu Recovery Center Please call us for further information on our list of services or fill out our inquiry form.