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ADHD Specialist

Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine

Neurophysical & Behavioral Medicine located in Irvine, CA & West Los Angeles, CA

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects function and development. Though one of the most common disorders diagnosed in children, ADHD symptoms vary greatly and may go undiagnosed and untreated. Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine in Irvine and West Los Angeles, California, is a world-class ADHD treatment center founded in 1980. The neurophysical medicine practice has helped thousands of patients reduce their ADHD symptoms without medication. To learn more about the innovative, non-drug approach, call the office and book an appointment today.

ADHD Q & A

What is attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by an ongoing pattern of inattention and hyperactivity. Over the years, diagnostic criteria for ADHD have changed. Previously, ADHD was classified as attention deficit disorder (ADD). 

Now ADHD is an umbrella term that includes three specific subtypes:

  • Inattentive presentation
  • Hyperactive-impulsive presentation
  • Combined presentation

An ADHD diagnosis can be misleading. Patients may be diagnosed with ADHD even though they aren’t hyperactive or don’t have behavioral problems. 

What are ADHD symptoms?

ADHD symptoms vary based on the predominant presentation. 

Predominantly inattentive

Children and adults with predominantly inattentive symptoms may struggle with attention and focus. They may be easily distracted and forgetful, and have difficulty following instructions. 

Hyperactive-impulsive presentation

ADHD patients with a hyperactive-impulsive presentation may act without thinking, blurt out answers, interrupt when others are talking, and have difficulty sitting still.

Combined presentation

Those with a combined presentation of ADHD experience both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive symptoms. 

Unspecified ADHD

Some patients may be diagnosed with unspecified ADHD if they have significant clinical impairments but don’t meet the full criteria. For an ADHD diagnosis, your symptoms must occur frequently and be severe enough that they affect your normal function and quality of life.

What happens during an ADHD evaluation?

Getting a proper ADHD diagnosis is an essential part of your treatment plan at Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine. 

During your ADHD evaluation, which takes 2-3 hours, your provider integrates techniques from medicine, neuropsychology, and neuroscience using quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG) brain mapping technology. 

During your qEEG, your provider uses brain mapping technology to analyze brain function and identify the brain dysregulation responsible for your ADHD symptoms. 

In addition to brain mapping, your comprehensive ADHD evaluation may also include specialized testing for other related disorders, including learning disorders, as well as an evaluation of the impact an ADHD diagnosis has on the family and family dynamics. 

How is ADHD treated?

Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine uses the information gathered during your ADHD evaluation to develop an individualized treatment plan to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life. 

ADHD treatment at Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine is an innovative, non-drug approach that includes:

  • Biofeedback
  • Neuromodulation therapy
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Family therapy and support

Compared with drug-based treatments for ADHD, the above treatment protocol doesn’t have negative side effects and produces long-term results. The brain map-guided biofeedback also empowers you to develop the neurological resources and skills you need to succeed. 

Without the right diagnosis and treatment plan, ADHD may negatively affect social, financial, and emotional health. For a non-drug, long-term approach to ADHD, call Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine to request an appointment today.