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Diagnosing & Treating ADD & ADHD

ADHD, or attention-deficit disorder, is a behavior disorder, which is usually first diagnosed in childhood and is characterized by inattention, impulsivity, and, in some cases, hyperactivity.

These symptoms usually happen together. However, one may happen without the other(s).

The symptoms of hyperactivity, when present, are almost always apparent by the age of 7 and may be present in very young preschoolers. Inattention or attention-deficit may not be evident until a child faces the expectations of elementary school.

  • ADHD, combined type. This, the most common type of ADHD, is characterized by impulsive and hyperactive behaviors as well as inattention and distractibility.
  • ADHD, impulsive/hyperactive type. This, the least common type of ADHD, is characterized by impulsive and hyperactive behaviors without inattention and distractibility.
  • ADHD, inattentive and distractible type. This type of ADHD is characterized predominately by inattention and distractibility without hyperactivity.

Treatment for ADHD can come from psychostimulant medications or psychosocial treatments. Our physicians and seasoned mental health professionals at our behavioral health facilities across New Jersey are ready to help patients diagnose and treat ADHD.

If you’d like to learn more about the treatment options near you, please call our Access Center today, offering 24-hour mental health consultative support. Just call 1-800-300-0628.