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ADHD Specialist

Murphy Medical Associates

Acute Primary Care & Board Certified Internal Medicine located in Greenwich, Stamford, & Stratford, CT

Without proper treatment, ADHD can interfere with your professional and personal relationships, as well as your overall quality of life. At Murphy Medical Associates in Greenwich, Stamford, and Stratford, Connecticut, the team regularly diagnoses and treats men, women, and adolescents living with ADHD. To request your appointment, call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool to consult with the medical team.

ADHD Q & A

What is ADHD?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health condition characterized by persistent problems, such as trouble focusing, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior. Left unmanaged, ADHD may lead to unstable relationships, poor performance at work or school, and low self-esteem.

Symptoms usually appear during childhood or adolescence. That said, as you get older, the symptoms of ADHD usually change and become harder to detect. If you regularly experience reckless or impulsive feelings, make an appointment with the team at Murphy Medical Associates today.  

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

The symptoms of ADHD vary from person to person and aren’t always obvious. In fact, many adults with ADHD don’t even realize they have a problem. Telltale signs of ADHD include:

  • Impulsiveness
  • Disorganization
  • Problems prioritizing
  • Poor time management skills
  • Problems focusing
  • Poor planning
  • Frequent mood swings

If you’re living with ADHD, you might also have a “hot” temper or experience trouble coping with stress and anxiety. 

Who is at risk of ADHD?

Anyone can develop ADHD, but there are certain factors that may increase your risk, including:

  • Being born prematurely
  • Having a family history of ADHD
  • Being exposed to environmental toxins

You’re also more likely to develop ADHD if your mother smoked, drank alcohol, or used drugs during pregnancy. 

How is ADHD diagnosed?

To diagnose ADHD, the team at Murphy Medical Associates conducts a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you questions about your symptoms.

Though there’s no specific test that diagnoses ADHD, the team might recommend undergoing a series of psychological screenings or using an ADHD rating scale to evaluate your symptoms. After gathering all of the necessary information, the team develops a treatment plan to ease your symptoms and help you feel better.

How is ADHD treated?

Treatment for ADHD usually involves a combination of prescription medications, education, skills training, and psychological counseling. While there’s no cure for ADHD, these treatments can help you manage your symptoms and improve your overall quality of life. 

Depending on your health history, the team might recommend prescription stimulants or antidepressants. The right medication and dose varies from person to person, so it may take a while to figure out the best medication for you. 

In addition, the team can refer you to a counselor in the area. Participating in psychotherapy may help you improve your time management skills, improve your self-esteem, and help you learn to reduce impulsive behaviors. 

Don’t let ADHD prevent you from living a happy, healthy, and active lifestyle. To make your appointment at Murphy Medical Associates today, call or text the office nearest you or click the online booking tool.