ADHD Specialist

Blackhawk TMS -  - Mental Health Clinic

Blackhawk TMS

Mental Health Clinic & Psychiatrists located in Danville, CA & Napa, CA

The symptoms of ADHD can make life a considerable challenge, with no clear treatment options that guarantee results. At Blackhawk TMS, the highly skilled team of mental health experts offers an alternative solution to the treatment of conditions like ADHD for patients in the Danville and Napa areas of California. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive treatment that is far safer than medication, so if you have ADHD and want to find out more, call Blackhawk TMS today, or book an appointment online.

ADHD Q & A

What is ADHD?

ADHD stands for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, a mental health condition that is most often diagnosed in children but also affects adults. ADHD symptoms begin during childhood, but sometimes it isn’t recognized until adulthood.

In many cases, people who find it hard to cope with tasks others seem to manage with relative ease are unaware that they have ADHD.

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

Symptoms in adults may be less serious than in children, but some adults with ADHD experience significant problems with everyday life. Typical symptoms include:

  • Impulsiveness
  • Disorganization
  • Problems prioritizing tasks
  • Poor time management
  • Being easily distracted
  • Problems multitasking
  • Excessive energy
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Difficulty completing tasks
  • Being quick to anger
  • Difficulty coping with stress

The symptoms of ADHD are similar to those of other mood disorders, and indeed many people who have ADHD also have depression or anxiety. If symptoms are only occasional or a recent development, it’s unlikely you have ADHD as the condition has its roots in childhood, and the effects are severe and ongoing.

People who have ADHD often struggle at school and work and may find it difficult to get or keep a job. They are more prone to accidents and more likely to have substance abuse problems, or get in trouble with the law.

What causes ADHD?

The cause of ADHD isn’t entirely clear as yet, but certain factors are known to increase your risk of developing ADHD.

Genetics is one, and problems at key stages in the development of the central nervous system could be another.

Exposure to toxins like lead during childhood, or having a mother who smoked or abused drugs or alcohol during pregnancy also seems to increase the chance of developing ADHD.

What treatments are available for ADHD?

Treatment for ADHD usually consists of a combination of medication and therapy, which can sometimes take a while to get right as every person with ADHD responds differently. Typical treatments include:

  • Stimulants to balance neurotransmitter levels in the brain
  • Nonstimulant medication such as atomoxetine
  • Aminoketone antidepressants
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy

If these treatments aren’t relieving your symptoms of ADHD sufficiently to allow you to lead a full life, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) could be a worthwhile alternative. The FDA is currently considering approval of TMS for ADHD, but it’s available now from Blackhawk TMS as an off-label treatment option.

To find out more, call Blackhawk TMS today, or book an appointment online.