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ADHD DOCTORS IN OHIO

KAV Mental Health & Psychiatry is a mental health service provider based in Southwestern and Central Ohio, where we treat patients from Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, and beyond. Through our comprehensive range of counseling services and prescription medications, we diagnose and manage our patients’ mental health disorders, empowering them to live happier, healthier lives.

Among the mental health disorders we treat is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, often shortened to ADHD. Patients come to us with different types and severities of ADHD, and we equip them with tools to help them control their focus and thrive in their daily lives. Read on to learn more about ADHD, what it’s like for those who have it, and how our ADHD doctors help patients effectively address this common mental health disorder.

What Is ADHD?

ADHD is short for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a term which broadly describes someone with the inability to regulate their focus, energy levels, or impulsivity. This can prevent them from staying engaged with any one thing for very long, and often leads to bouts of intense hyperfixation.

You may have heard the term ADD (attention deficit disorder) in the past. However, this is considered dated terminology: there are now subtypes of ADHD that account for less hyperactivity.

Modern society is filled with activities that require a significant degree of concentration or focus, starting when we’re very young. A child with ADHD may have trouble focusing on school, and as they get older, the stakes go up: responsibilities such as driving, employment, and even maintaining relationships can all be impacted by a lack of focus, or focusing on the wrong things.

Types of ADHD

There are a few types of ADHD, each with unique characteristics:

Inattentive

Their focus shifts frequently and prevents them from completing tasks. They might appear to be highly disorganized as they hyperfixate on one thing after another.

Hyperactive / Impulsive

They are unable to stay still for long. They’ll constantly be on the move or looking for something new to hold their attention and use their high energy.

Blended

They exhibit some combination of inconsistent focus, hyperactivity, and impulsive behaviors. These traits feed into each other and create a cycle that can be difficult to break.

Regardless of what someone’s ADHD looks like, it can take away from their ability to live their life to the fullest by making it hard to complete tasks, interrupting their relationships, and lowering their self-esteem.

Signs & Symptoms of ADHD

Some hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity is normal, particularly in children, but with ADHD, these traits become more extreme and actively interfere with people’s lives. The signs and symptoms of ADHD can vary, but generally fall into three main categories:

  • Hyperactivity
    • Constant fidgeting
    • Nonstop talking or discomfort with silence
  • Inattention
    • Short attention spans or lack of concentration, especially in longer tasks
    • Repeatedly making careless mistakes
    • Forgetfulness
    • Lack of organization
  • Impulsivity
    • An inability to wait one’s turn, or other signs of impatience
    • Acting without regard for safety

These may seem fairly harmless in children: forgetting homework and being a little recklessness on the playground aren’t exactly major issues. But if symptoms are left untreated, they can become more intense and make it difficult for someone with ADHD to act in their own self-interest.

Causes & Risk Factors of ADHD

With ADHD, there’s no one particular cause. However, some factors have been identified to increase the likelihood of ADHD developing:

  • Genetics: ADHD tends to run in families
  • Gender: Boys are more likely to develop ADHD than girls
  • Pregnancy Issues: Infants born prematurely, or from a mother who used drugs while pregnant
  • Environmental Factors: Early exposure to toxins like lead in paint or pipes

It’s also worth noting that ADHD is heavily correlated with other mental health disorders. There’s no way to say if ADHD leads to other mental illnesses, vice versa, or they develop simultaneously.

  • Children with ADHD can be more likely to have anxiety, depression, Tourette’s syndrome, or be on the Autism spectrum
  • Adults with ADHD can be more likely to have bipolar disorder, a personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or a substance use disorder (SUD)

Causes & Risk Factors of ADHD

With ADHD, there’s no one particular cause. However, some factors have been identified to increase the likelihood of ADHD developing:

  • Genetics: ADHD tends to run in families
  • Gender: Boys are more likely to develop ADHD than girls
  • Pregnancy Issues: Infants born prematurely, or from a mother who used drugs while pregnant
  • Environmental Factors: Early exposure to toxins like lead in paint or pipes

It’s also worth noting that ADHD is heavily correlated with other mental health disorders. There’s no way to say if ADHD leads to other mental illnesses, vice versa, or they develop simultaneously.

  • Children with ADHD can be more likely to have anxiety, depression, Tourette’s syndrome, or be on the Autism spectrum
  • Adults with ADHD can be more likely to have bipolar disorder, a personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or a substance use disorder (SUD)

Long-Term Effects of ADHD

Symptoms often start appearing when a child is very young and still undergoing a lot of change in their lives, meaning it impacts their development from early on. They might not retain information as well as others, or be able to engage with others socially. The ensuing isolation — and boredom — can lead to destructive cycles of behavior.

If symptoms are allowed to compound, an adult with ADHD will experience difficulty forming and maintaining stable situations. This can be evident with friendships, romantic relationships, employment, and beyond. When someone is struggling to move forward in their lives, it can cause low self-esteem and further hinder their ability to accomplish goals and lead a fulfilling life.

ADHD Treatment & Counseling with KAV Mental Health & Psychiatry

At KAV Mental Health & Psychiatry, our expert, compassionate doctors treat people with ADHD as individuals who deserve tailored care, using a case-by-case combination of medication and counseling.

Prescription medication for ADHD can help increase focus and self-control, and generally slow things down for people. Individual counseling, meanwhile, is an opportunity to work with a professional on developing tools and techniques to better focus and practice self-control. We also offer group therapy where people facing similar issues can build on each other’s experiences and find support they might not otherwise have had.

Our mental health professionals conduct online appointments through a secure and HIPAA-compliant video platform, with same-day scheduling available six days a week so that help is accessible when you need it most. Telehealth provides a convenient way to get the one-on-one attention you need and ensure that you’re on track with your mental health.

Testimonials

“This place has been a blessing from day one. As a mother of 3, it’s not always the easiest to get away from the kiddos. I love the fact that I don’t have to leave my home to meet with my therapist. The online counseling aspect is really convenient and was honestly the only way for me to get the help I needed. I plan on continuing my monthly sessions because I keep seeing more growth and positive change in myself each time.”

– A.T.
“Depression controlled my life for a very long time, and up until a few months ago I was hopeless of that ever changing. KAV helped me find balance again. They helped me find peace. I rediscovered what being happy feels like. Though I still have bad days, I now have the tools and support systems to get me through them. I finally feel in control of my life again, and for that I am grateful.”

– J.C.
“I started feeling really anxious and depressed after the birth of my first child, which was when one of my close friends told me about KAV. My first visit with the doctor was great. She asked me a lot of questions, was super attentive, and gave me the time to talk through my issues. I could tell that she genuinely cared about trying to help me. We talked about different medication options and she suggested therapy. I was hesitant at first, but I’m really glad I said yes because my counselor has really helped me explore all this new anxiety. It changes every day with a baby, but I do feel like I’m in such a better place now, and so much more available for my daughter.”

-E.M.
“Pain pills took me down a really dark path for many years. I’ve been to rehab several times, but could never stay clean for long after I got out. I thank the doctors and counselors at KAV every day for helping me turn my life around. It hasn’t been easy, but I’ve been sober for 14 months and have the belief in myself that it will stay that way. Most importantly, I can be the father and husband my family needs. Thank you KAV — you all truly saved my life!!!”

– J.K.
“Paying attention for long periods of time has been a struggle for as long as I can remember. It’s made things like school…relationships…holding down a job…etc pretty tough. Prior to coming here I’d heard of ADHD but never really looked into it…but after just a few visits my doctor and counselor helped me better understand it and get it under control. It’s been a really good experience so far…I only wish I would’ve pursued getting help like this sooner.”

– L.B.