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ADD

Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine located in Boise, ID

ADD services offered in Boise, ID

Attention-deficit disorder (ADD) is a form of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) where patients only develop inattentive symptoms. Knowledgeable mental health nurse practitioners Scott Lane, FNP-C, Sean Leonard, PMHNP-BC, and their team at NuGen Wellness Center in Boise, Idaho, specialize in helping people with ADD and ADHD. They use the most current treatments and support patients through each stage of their lives. Call the office to inquire about help for ADD symptoms, or book an appointment online today.

ADD Q & A

What is ADD?

ADD is the original term for a behavioral condition now known as ADHD. Since 1994, ADHD has become the preferred term, and ADD now refers to people with inattentive type ADHD.

ADHD symptoms fit into two types — primarily inattentive or primarily hyperactive/impulsive. Children and adults with ADHD may have either type or a combination of the two (combined ADHD).

The ADHD symptoms people tend to be more aware of are hyperactive and impulsive behaviors. These include an inability to sit still, being disruptive at school, and acting without thinking. If someone has ADD, it means they only experience inattentive symptoms.

What are the symptoms of ADD?

ADD develops during childhood, typically in the earlier school years. Children and adults with ADD don’t have the high energy levels of those with hyperactive/impulsive ADHD. In fact, they’re more likely to be shy or reserved and often disappear into a dream.

Typical ADD symptoms include:

  • Difficulties concentrating
  • Avoidance of tasks requiring focus
  • Poor organization skills
  • Frequent forgetfulness
  • Not hearing when spoken to
  • Not paying attention to details
  • Regularly losing things
  • Often making careless mistakes
  • Difficulties following instructions

Children who exhibit symptoms for six consecutive months or more but don’t display hyperactive or impulsive behavior are likely to be diagnosed with ADD or inattentive ADHD. A child under 16 must have six or more symptoms, while older teens require five or more symptoms for a diagnosis.

The NuGen Wellness Center team also uses electroencephalograph testing to aid in the correct diagnosis of ADD and ADHD. This painless procedure measures brainwave activity using electrodes attached to the scalp.

How is ADD treated?

The NuGen Wellness Center team offers expert treatment for children over 12 and adults with ADD. They provide several therapies, including:

Medication

Stimulant medications are the drugs most often prescribed for ADD. They increase levels of the brain chemicals that improve attention and thinking processes. Some people do better with nonstimulant medications.

Talk therapy

The NuGen Wellness Center team uses techniques like cognitive-behavioral therapy to help people with ADD. CBT focuses on helping you manage behavioral problems, improve your organizational and social skills, control your temper, and reduce stress.

For expert help with ADD, call NuGen Wellness Center today. You can also book an appointment online at any time.