- Do you ever “zone out” during conversations or find it difficult to pay attention for long periods of time?
- Are you easily distracted when trying to focus on the task at hand?
- Is your work station or home cluttered and it seems like you can never find what you are looking for?
- Do you feel restless and find it difficult to calm down?
- Do you have a tendency to act on sudden urges or desires?
If you answered yes to any combination of these, you might be suffering from one of the most common psychiatric disorders in children and adults.
Attention deficit disorder (ADD), often referred to as ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is the most common psychiatric disorder affecting between 5-10% of the population. ADD is characterized by persistent short attention span, distractibility, disorganization, procrastination and often problems with hyperactivity or restlessness, forethought, judgment and impulse control.
Having “untreated” ADD affects nearly every aspect of a person’s life and has been associated with school underachievement, family conflict, drug abuse, legal difficulties and poor work performance. ADD is involved with low self-esteem, chronic stress, failure, even suicide.
The standard treatment for ADD in both children and adults is stimulant medications, such as Ritalin or Adderall. These medications are helpful for many people, but they also make many others with “typical” ADD worse. Sometimes negative reactions to these medications can be extreme, such as hallucinations, violent outbursts, volatile temperaments, psychosis and suicidal behavior.
Shortly after Dr. Amen began the brain SPECT imaging work in 1991, he realized that ADD was not a single or simple disorder. Just as there are many different causes of chest pain, there were different brain SPECT patterns in his ADD patients. Over the subsequent 6 years, he described 6 different types of ADD that required individual treatments. One treatment did not fit everyone.
How We Can Help
At Amen Clinics, we are dedicated to improving the lives of every patient and family we serve through education, the latest advances in neuroimaging, laboratory testing, and individualized treatment plans. We use the least toxic, most effective treatments for our patients, and use a wide variety of interventions from natural supplements, medications, dietary interventions and targeted forms of psychotherapy.
As part of our evaluation process we use brain SPECT imaging, in addition to clinical interviews, diagnostic checklists and laboratory studies when appropriate. Our recommendations may include natural supplements, medications, targeted forms of psychotherapy, and alternative methods such as neurofeedback or hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
If you or a loved one is suffering from any of the symptoms of ADD/ADHD, the Amen Clinics Method of integrative psychiatric care can help. Using innovative and personalized care, our outcomes consistently demonstrate improvement for patients – including many who have tried and failed prior treatment.
Our Full Evaluation of your biological/psychological/social/spiritual history, coupled with two brain SPECT imaging scans (at rest and at concentration), cognitive testing, and clinical assessment is designed to address your unique needs and offer targeted treatment options. Amen Clinics has locations nationally to serve you. We invite you to call today, (888) 288-9834 or visit us online.