Are You a Professional With ADHD?

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    What is ADHD?

    Are you a professional with ADHD? How do you know if you have ADHD? ADHD is an issue that affects millions of Americans and this includes doctors, lawyers, and your run-of-the-mill CEO. It can affect one's behavior and ability to focus but it can present differently in adults. Perhaps a messy or cluttered desk, poor personal relationships with frequent breakups or divorce, a compulsion to drink or smoke, and often a feeling like you have twenty internet browser tabs open in your head. ADHD has no current known cause or cure and it doesn't just go away either; it requires long-term treatment which I'll outline below.

    What are my treatment options?

    One method of caring for symptoms of ADHD is with medications. Stimulant therapy is the most common ADHD treatment method available, but medications are not limited to stimulants. ADHD medication can be helpful, but there are some downsides. ADHD medications have a high potential for abuse and addiction, they can also lead to drug tolerance.

    Another way to care for symptoms of ADHD is psychotherapy. There are different types of behavioral therapy that are available nowadays. Cognitive-behavioral therapy can be very powerful and it is available in many ADHD treatment centers. ADHD specialists can also help patients to get better and be more self-aware of their ADHD symptoms and how they affect others around them through coaching.

    Along with ADHD medication and behavioral therapy, ADHD can be treated with natural remedies such as fish oil or dietary supplements. Although this is not a cure, many patients have found relief for their symptoms. Treatment has been mainly stimulants for decades. Stimulant medications have been approved by the FDA and have been on the market for many years. ADHD is a disorder of the brain that has to do with chemicals in the brain that causes hyperactivity, impulsivity, and sometimes forgetfulness. Medication can help ADHD patients to calm themselves down from these symptoms and become more productive members of society. ADHD patients with high out-of-pocket expenses for ADHD medication may want to consider the options that work best for them and see if they qualify to save on ADHD medication.

    How can a professional with ADHD get help?

    Unhappy doctor during a consultation.
    Many people have trouble finding a doctor even if they have insurance. We have made it easy using a direct primary care model for our practice. ADHD patients can save on ADHD medication by visiting a primary care physician rather than a psychiatrist. In addition, some
    ADHD stimulant medications have generic forms that cost much less.

    Some of our professional ADHD patients have expressed concern about being able to schedule appointments months in advance. Many have trouble scheduling their days and weeks, let alone months. Now, with the help of modern-day scheduling apps, ADHD patients can book their ADHD appointment in just a few clicks. You can also email or text our staff whenever you remember because we know that you have a million things going on.

    What if I don't like medications?

    The right medication in the wrong physician's hands can make for a terrible experience. Some patients may even be able to use medications that didn't work for them in the past. I prescribe medication using a different target. Historically, physicians have overprescribed stimulants where the patient was hyperfocused and had personality changes. This also happens in childhood but kids typically say they don't feel like themselves when they take the medication. This is one of the main complaints that patients have with medication. It's also very troubling for parents to see their kids go through this. Perhaps you were that kid that grew up in a family that didn't "believe in ADHD".

    What's next?

    This blog post is just a small glimpse into the world of ADHD and how it can affect your life. Are you a professional with ADHD? We recommend reaching out to our team so we can help.

    What has your experience with ADHD been like? Please share below.

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    Devang Patel

    I am a board certified family physician. I am married and have two beautiful girls. I have ADHD too (hence blog name I was diagnosed with ADHD during my residency training AFTER medical school. Now I want to help others lead more productive lives by giving practical examples and suggestions.

    DISCLAIMER: The content in this blog is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this blog or on this website.

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