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ADHD Treatment in Los Angeles, CA, with Dr. Hughes

Finding Focus

Teens and young adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may have trouble paying attention or controlling impulses. They may make decisions without thinking through the consequences first, and hyperactivity and lots of energy are common.  The condition is treatable with behavioral techniques, medications, or both.

To learn more about how Dr. Hughes can help your child, we invite you to call 213-433-2823 [-CUBE] or schedule a consultation today.

Signs and Symptoms of ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is usually diagnosed during childhood. In some cases, symptoms will resolve on their own as the child matures, but many will continue to experience difficulties into adulthood. Therapy and other treatment options can reduce the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Common signs of ADHD include:

There are several different presentations of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and every person experiences symptoms differently. If you or your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, or if you’re struggling with work, school, or personal interactions due to symptoms, we encourage you to schedule a first visit with Dr. Hughes.

How Is ADHD Diagnosed?

Like most mental health conditions, there isn’t a simple test to diagnose ADHD. This condition can share many signs with other disorders like depression, anxiety, and even sleep disorders. Consulting with a qualified psychiatrist is the first step to making a diagnosis and finding treatment solutions that will work for you. Getting evaluated is the next step. Once we know what we’re working with, we can explore the many treatment options available.

Dr. Hughes uses the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, also called the DSM-5, to diagnose teens and adults with ADHD and other conditions. This manual outlines specific behaviors that are typically present in patients with this condition. To receive a diagnosis of ADHD, a patient must exhibit several of these diagnostic criteria with symptoms lasting more than six months and interfering with daily life. 

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can share symptoms with other disorders. It is also seen concurrently with conditions like oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, learning disorders, and anxiety.

The C.U.B.E. Approach to ADHD Treatment

Dr. Hughes believes strongly in the benefits of behavioral management.

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Connect – Dr. Hughes works hard to build a relationship with his patients. A strong relationship is the foundation for treatment success.

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Uplift – Patients work harder when they feel hopeful. Dr. Hughes helps his patients to see the good in themselves and their situation.

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Build – Challenging situations can be overcome with the right tools. Dr. Hughes teaches his patients strategies for dealing with complex situations. These tools will help his patients during the therapy process and beyond.

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Empower -Self-sufficiency is the end-goal of therapy. Dr. Hughes shows his patients that they can do difficult things and empowers them to thrive on their own.

Dr. Hughes believes that medications aren’t a quick fix to complex problems and that they should always be used with other treatment methods like therapy.

Medications and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Medication is commonly used to treat ADHD, but it isn’t always necessary. Many teens and young adults can experience a dramatic change with behavioral techniques.

When a someone does need medications, there are options available. If Dr. Hughes believes that medication will be helpful in your care, he’ll discuss your options in detail, outlining the potential benefits of each treatment so you can make an informed decision. Commonly used medications to treat ADHD include:

Stimulant Medications

Stimulant medications are the most commonly used treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children and teens.

Non-Stimulant Medications

Non-stimulant medications are available. These usually do not work as quickly or as effectively as stimulants, but can still be helpful.

Dr. Hughes is a psychiatrist with extensive training in using medications to treat neurological conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. He will use medications as needed but finds that many patients can function well with behavior medication and training without medications. Dr. Hughes will use his knowledge and professional judgment to find the right treatment path for your child.

Learn more about treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in Los Angeles, CA, by contacting Dr. Thomas Hughes today

FAQS: ADHD Treatment in Los Angeles

Many teens or young adults with ADHD will no longer show signs of the disorder in adulthood. However, it is still helpful to work with a psychiatrist to provide your child with the tools they need to succeed in school, work, and social relationships. ADHD can make it difficult to pay attention, causing many young patients to believe that they are not smart or proficiently learning. Treating ADHD can empower teens and young adults, teaching them how to thrive and overcome their challenges.

Every patient is different, and treatment timelines vary dramatically. Dr. Hughes can give you a better idea of what to expect from your treatment during your first few visits with him. Many patients start seeing changes immediately as they learn new techniques and start incorporating positive changes in their lives.

Our goal is always patient self-sufficiency. This process can take time but does happen for most of our patients. Dr. Hughes will teach you valuable tools that you can continue to use long after your treatment is complete.

Parents can support their children in treatment for ADHD in several ways. First, they can provide access to therapy so their child can develop the needed tools to cope with this condition. Parenting a child or young adult with ADHD can be challenging. Many parents benefit from training, giving them specialized tools to help guide their child’s actions and address behavioral problems as they arise. 

ADHD symptoms can resolve on their own or may last into adulthood. Dr. Hughes can teach strategies for managing ADHD. Everyone has struggles, but with the right tools, someone with ADHD can thrive.