Attention Deficit Disorders

Attention deficit disorders including Attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity (ADD and ADHD) are highly genetic, brain-based syndrome that has to do with the regulation of a particular set of brain functions and related behaviors. These brain operations are collectively referred to as “executive functioning skills” and include important functions such as attention, concentration, memory, motivation and effort, learning from mistakes, impulsivity, hyperactivity, organization, and social skills.  There are various contributing factors that play a role in these challenges including chemical and structural differences in the brain as well as genetics. According to epidemiological data, approximately 5% of adults have ADHD. That represents over 11,000,000 people in the US.  It occurs in both men and women and, in the majority of cases, persists throughout the lifespan. ADHD usually persists throughout a person’s lifetime. It is NOT limited to children.  Since ADHD is a neuro-behavioral condition, there is no cure, and the majority of people do not outgrow it.  Approximately two-thirds or more of children with ADHD continue to have symptoms and challenges in adulthood that require treatment. ADHD occurs in both men and women.  Not every case of ADHD is the same.  There are different subtypes of ADHD (inattentive, hyperactive, and combined type), and every person has a unique brain profile.  As with anything else, no two people with ADHD are exactly the same and everyone experiences ADHD in their own way.

If you think you or your child have attention deficit disorder or have been previously diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder Dr. Whiteley encourages you to schedule an appointment to have your case evaluated.  Dr. Whiteley has many years of clinical experience treating both children and adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity (ADHD).  Arrangements can be made to customize a care plan for you or your child’s personal needs.