ADHD Treatment in Los Angeles
Have you ever struggled to concentrate on tasks for extended periods, constantly feeling restless or fidgety, or easily losing track of your thoughts and forgetting things? Or perhaps you have difficulty waiting your turn in line, interrupt others in conversations, or have increased pattern recognition. If so, there’s a chance you have ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder).
What is ADHD?
ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders in the United States, with an estimated 6.1 million children aged 2-17 years and 10 million adults aged 18-44 years in the United States being diagnosed. Usually first noticed during childhood, ADHD affects individuals throughout their lives, making it difficult to focus or pay attention, control impulsive behaviors, feel overly active, and struggle to resist substances. In some cases, a diagnosis of ADHD is missed during childhood and can leave adults unaware they have it.
Young Adult ADHD & Substance Abuse
Studies indicate that individuals with ADHD are five to ten times more likely to develop substance use disorder, and 25% of adults receiving treatment for alcohol or drug abuse have ADHD or similar symptoms. Other studies have shown that children with ADHD are more likely to start abusing alcohol and cannabis during their teenage years and are at a higher risk of alcohol abuse or dependence as adults. The tendency towards impulsive behavior and behavior problems in people with ADHD and genetic factors can contribute to alcohol and substance abuse.
At Launch Centers, we understand the importance of an accurate diagnosis of ADHD. Our diagnostic process involves gathering information from multiple sources to ensure a thorough evaluation.
- We start by conducting a client interview where we review the diagnostic criteria and determine if any apply to the individual. We also consider the client’s personal, medical, and psychiatric history from childhood to the present. Additionally, we may conduct a behavioral scale to compare the client’s symptoms with those without ADHD.
- A physical examination is also conducted to rule out physical causes of ADHD symptoms, such as thyroid problems and seizure conditions. We may also screen for coexisting conditions because if they are not treated, the treatment for ADHD may not be as effective.
- Once a diagnosis is made, we can discuss treatment options with our client, including lifestyle changes, medication, and therapy. Our goal is to help clients gain control over their symptoms and achieve personal and professional success.
Types Of ADHD
ADHD can manifest in three distinct ways, determined by the specific types of symptoms that are most pronounced in the individual:
This person finds it difficult to complete tasks, focus on details, and follow instructions or conversations. They may be easily distracted and forget important aspects of daily routines.
The individual frequently talks and fidgets, finding it difficult to remain seated for extended periods, such as during meals or homework. Waiting their turn or following directions is challenging for the individual. Impulsive behavior increases the likelihood of substance abuse and addiction.
The individual displays both types of ADHD, finding it hard to pay attention and focus while unable to regulate their movement or sit still. Individuals with combined type ADHD must present five or more combined symptoms for at least six months and exhibit symptoms in two or more settings.
Symptoms Of ADHD In Young Adults
- Overlooks details and makes careless mistakes in work.
- Needs help staying focused on tasks or conversations.
- Doesn’t seem to listen during conversations.
- Struggles to follow through on instructions or complete tasks.
- Finds it hard to organize tasks and activities.
- Avoids tasks that require sustained mental effort.
- Often loses things like their keys, phone, wallet, etc.
- Easily distracted by unrelated thoughts or stimuli.
- Forgetful in daily activities.
- Fidgets, taps hands or feet, and can’t keep still.
- Unable to stay seated in school or workplace.
- Overshares to get what they’re thinking out of their system.
- Can’t do leisure activities quietly, such as meditating or listening to soft music.
- Always moving and staying active as if driven by a motor.
- Talks excessively.
- Rushes to finish their sentences.
- Has difficulty engaging in quiet activities.
- Likes loud music or excessive stimuli.
- Blurts out answers and responses before a question has been finished.
- Has difficulty waiting for their turn during conversations.
- Interrupts or intrudes on others’ conversations or activities.
At Launch Centers, we understand that ADHD can significantly impact an individual’s daily life and even lead to addictive behaviors, and we are here to help. Our team offers a range of evidence-based treatments to address the symptoms of ADHD and improve overall functioning, including overcoming any co-occurring disorders.
Medication Assisted Treatment
Many individuals find that medication effectively reduces hyperactivity and impulsivity related to ADHD, improving their ability to focus, work, and learn. However, it may be necessary to try different medications or dosages before finding the most suitable option for a specific person.
- Stimulants: Despite the name, these types of medications work by increasing dopamine and norepinephrine, two brain chemicals important for thinking and attention. While stimulants are generally safe under medical supervision, it’s important to note that, like all medications, they may have side effects, especially when abused or taken in larger doses than prescribed. Our healthcare providers closely monitor our clients’ reactions to these medications to ensure their safety and effectiveness in treating their symptoms.
- Non-stimulants: At Launch Centers, we offer non-stimulant medications as an alternative for treating ADHD. These medications may take longer to start working than stimulants, but they can improve focus, attention, and impulsivity in people with ADHD. Non-stimulants may be prescribed when a person experiences bothersome side effects from stimulants or when a stimulant is not effective.
- Antidepressants: Some antidepressants can help with symptoms of ADHD and may be prescribed if a client experiences side effects from stimulants. Combining antidepressants with stimulants can be helpful if a client has other conditions such as anxiety, depression, or mood disorder. It’s important to note that non-stimulant ADHD medications and antidepressants may also have side effects, and our healthcare providers monitor clients closely to manage any potential risks.
At Launch Centers, we offer a variety of evidence-based therapies to help young adults manage symptoms of ADHD. Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is used to help clients develop coping strategies and improve their problem-solving skills. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can help individuals identify negative thinking and behavior patterns and replace them with positive ones.
Besides traditional talk therapy, we also offer experiential therapy, such as meditation and yoga, to help individuals with ADHD increase their focus and reduce stress. We also provide education and training to help individuals better understand their condition and learn practical skills to manage their symptoms.
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to treating ADHD, and our team of healthcare providers will work with each individual to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets their unique needs.
ADHD Triggers & Risk Factors
ADHD symptoms can be triggered by various factors, much like other mood disorders. Common triggers include stress, lack of sleep, malnutrition, and poor diet. Overstimulation and changes in environmental factors such as sound sensitivity, temperature, and smells can also set off symptoms. Additionally, a lack of genuine interest can trigger ADHD symptoms.
While the exact cause of ADHD is unknown, researchers have found that genetics may play a significant role. However, like many other disorders, ADHD is likely caused by a combination of factors, including environmental influences and brain injuries.
ADHD is more prevalent in males than females, and females with ADHD are more prone to experience inattention symptoms. People with ADHD often have coexisting conditions, such as learning disabilities, anxiety disorders, conduct disorders, depression, and substance use disorders.
Launch Centers is fully equipped to diagnose, treat, and medicate individuals with ADHD and any other co-occurring disorders. Our treatment approach is tailored to each individual’s unique needs and challenges and may include medication management, individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and educational support. Our mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, therapists, and addiction specialists, work together to provide integrated care that addresses both the symptoms of ADHD and the underlying issues that contribute to substance use.