ADD Specialist

California Coast Family Practice

Family Medicine located in Atascadero, CA

If you forget things often, have difficulty with organization, or struggle to pay attention, it could be because of attention-deficit disorder (ADD). At California Coast Family Practice in Atascadero, California, adult medicine specialist Cameron Grant, DNP, FNP, MPH, MSN, and his experienced staff diagnose and treat ADD to help you focus better and thrive in your environment. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.

ADD Q&A

What is ADD?

ADD stands for attention-deficit disorder. ADD makes paying attention difficult and can negatively affect your job, interpersonal relationships, and everyday tasks. Fortunately, treatment with California Coast Family Practice specialists is highly effective and can dramatically improve your quality of life.

What are the symptoms of ADD?

Common symptoms you could experience with ADD include:

  • Difficulty coping with stress
  • Disorganization
  • Poor time management skills
  • Problems focusing on specific tasks
  • Difficulty multitasking
  • Restlessness
  • Poor planning
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Difficulty following through with tasks
  • Forgetfulness¬†
  • Poor job performance

You might also have hyperactivity with ADD. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a similar condition that causes impulsive behavior, being in constant motion, and having a difficult time sitting still in addition to problems focusing.

What are the risk factors for ADD?

Your environment, genetics, and problems during fetal development may all play roles in developing ADD. Other risk factors include a family history of ADD, personal history of mental health disorders, being born prematurely, maternal alcohol, smoking, or drug use during pregnancy. Environmental toxin exposure can also boost your ADD risk.

How does my provider diagnose ADD?

To find out if you have ADD and develop a treatment plan if needed, experts at California Coast Family Practice check your vital signs, complete a physical exam, and discuss your medical history and your symptoms with you. During a comprehensive psychiatric assessment, they ask a series of questions to screen you for ADD, ADHD, and other mental health challenges.

How is ADD treated?

If you have ADD, your specialist could suggest one or more of the following treatments:

Lifestyle changes

Making lifestyle changes can reduce ADD symptoms to give you the best quality of life possible. Get regular exercise and plenty of sleep, establish a regular routine, make to-do lists, use a daily planner, and break large tasks into smaller subtasks. 

Counseling

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and other types of counseling can teach you ways to better pay attention and stay organized.

Medications

Taking certain medicines can reduce symptoms of ADD and enhance your ability to focus. 

To find out if you have ADD or get treated for it, call the California Coast Family Practice office or book an appointment online today.