ADHD: Understanding and Managing a Common Disorder

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and this week we are working with Dr. Sebastian Harris to raise awareness about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting millions of children and adults in the United States. Dr. Sebastian Harris, a primary care provider at JCHC Clinics, sheds light on the prevalence, symptoms, and treatments for this condition.


“ADHD is one of the most common childhood disorders,” said Dr. Harris. “An estimated 9.4 percent of children aged 2-17 in the United States are diagnosed with ADHD. Boys are diagnosed at a higher rate than girls, and symptoms often appear during early childhood, with the average age of diagnosis being seven years old. However, it's important to note that ADHD can persist into adolescence and adulthood, affecting people of all ages.”


The symptoms of ADHD can vary widely, making it a complex condition to manage. “Signs and symptoms may include difficulty paying attention, impulsivity, hyperactivity, forgetfulness, disorganization, and difficulty following through on tasks,” explained Dr. Harris. “These symptoms can interfere with academic, social, and occupational functioning, leading to significant challenges in various aspects of life.”


Treatment for ADHD often involves a multifaceted approach. “Behavioral therapy can help individuals develop coping strategies, improve organizational skills, and manage impulsivity,” noted Dr. Harris. “Medications may also be prescribed to help alleviate symptoms and improve focus and attention. It’s a combination that often works best, tailored to each individual's needs.”


Dr. Harris emphasized the importance of early intervention. “Knowing when to seek care is crucial. If you or someone you know is experiencing persistent symptoms of ADHD that interfere with daily functioning, it’s important to consult a healthcare professional. Early intervention and treatment can make a significant difference in managing ADHD and improving overall quality of life.”


Managing ADHD requires a comprehensive approach. “With the right support and treatment, individuals with ADHD can thrive and reach their full potential,” Dr. Harris concluded. “At JCHC Clinics, we’re here to help you navigate care and access resources tailored to your needs.”


For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact JCHC Clinics at 641-472-4156.