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ADHD Specialist

Norman M. Jacobowitz, MSN, PMHNP-BC -  - Psychiatry

Atara Health Solutions

Norman M. Jacobowitz, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatry located in Gainesville, VA

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention-deficit disorder (ADD) are characterized by focus problems and impulsivity that severely impact your quality of life. If you’re struggling with work or school and have been diagnosed with ADHD or ADD, Norman Jacobowitz, MSN, PMHNP-BC — a caring psychiatric nurse practitioner and founder of Atara Health Solutions — helps you feel in control with effective medication. If you’re living with ADHD in or around Gainesville, Virginia, contact LGBTQ-friendly Atara Health Solutions by phone or use the online booking tool.

ADHD Q & A

What is ADHD?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention-deficit disorder (ADD) are disorders of brain function. If you have ADHD or ADD, your disorder affects your behavior and may prevent you from realizing your full potential.

Is ADHD common?

Almost 9% of adolescents and more than 4% of adults and in the United States have been diagnosed with ADHD, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. However, many more have the condition but haven’t yet received a diagnosis. Adults who are diagnosed with “adult-onset ADHD” had the condition when they were children, too, but it wasn’t caught or treated until they were older.

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

The symptoms of ADHD and ADD vary depending on what type you have, and vary by the individual, too. You may also have a mixture of both types of ADHD. The following are the symptoms that go along with each type:

Predominantly inattentive ADHD

  • Is distracted easily and frequently
  • Is easily bored
  • Procrastinates
  • Is careless and mistake-prone
  • Has trouble listening
  • Can’t complete tasks
  • Loses track of appointments and objects
  • Has trouble reading books to completion

Predominantly hyperactive/impulsive ADHD

  • Talks too much
  • Changes the subject frequently
  • Is fidgety and nervous
  • Interrupts others
  • Has trouble paying attention in class or at work
  • Is moody or angry
  • Makes reckless decisions
  • Engages in high-risk behaviors
  • Can’t tolerate frustration
  • Can’t delay gratification
  • Has poor impulse control

Having just one or two symptoms of ADHD is usually not clinically significant. You’re diagnosed with ADHD if you have at least five symptoms of the disorder, and those symptoms are apparent in at least two different environments. For instance, if you have trouble paying attention both at home and at work, you may have ADHD.

What is the best way to treat ADHD?

Medications for ADHD help your brain pay attention so that you can focus on tasks, complete projects, and have more meaningful interactions with other people. Depending on your type and severity of symptoms, your psychiatric nurse practitioner may prescribe:

  • Stimulants — help you focus and ignore distractions; effective in up to 80% of patients 
  • Non-stimulants — helps concentration and impulse control without as many side effects
  • Antidepressants — if you have ADHD, you may have other mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression, that also need treatment

As more adults are diagnosed with ADHD, the use of prescription stimulants has increased by seven times in the last few years. 

Don’t suffer through ADHD or blame yourself for getting distracted. Contact the Atara Health Solutions team today by phone or use the online form.