Psychiatric Associates of North Texas, PA -  - Psychiatrist

Psychiatric Associates of North Texas, PA

Psychiatrists & Counselors located in Frisco, TX

ADD Specialist

People sometimes joke about having Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, but for those who live with it, ADD/ADHD is no laughing matter. Roughly 5% of children and 2.5% of adults have the condition, which is often diagnosed during childhood. At Psychiatric Associates of North Texas, PA, Dr. Rubina Shakil specializes in ADD/ADHD and its related problems. She serves patients from Frisco, Texas, and the greater Dallas Fort-Worth area.

ADD Q&A

What’s ADD/ADHD?

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is a condition that interferes with the brain’s ability to properly regulate important executive functioning skills. People who are diagnosed with ADHD often have trouble paying attention, act impulsively, and demonstrate hyperactivity. Although the term ADD is often used interchangeably with ADHD, the correct, current medical term for the disorder is ADHD. Symptoms often start during childhood, and while some symptoms may continue into adulthood, others can become less pronounced. Common ADHD symptoms include:

  • Problems focusing
  • Poor time management and planning skills
  • Difficulty multitasking and prioritizing
  • Trouble with follow-through
  • Disorganization
  • Impulsiveness
  • Fidgeting or talking too much
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Trouble dealing with stress

What causes the disorder?

Like many disorders affecting the brain, researchers still haven’t found any one clear cause of ADHD. However, scientists do believe that several specific factors may play a role in its development. For example, ADHD tends to run in families, and studies show that inherited genes could be responsible. Certain environmental factors may lead to the development of ADHD, including childhood exposure to lead, a common neurotoxin. In utero, babies that have problems with their central nervous system at key moments of development may also be more likely to have ADHD. Premature babies are at greater risk of developing the condition, as are children whose mothers smoked, used drugs, or drank alcohol while pregnant.       

Is ADHD easy to diagnose?

Although there are no lab tests to diagnose ADHD, it’s important to work with a psychiatrist or other qualified physician to have a proper medical assessment. ADHD can be hard to spot because it resembles a variety of conditions, including depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. Its symptoms also mimic those of sleep disorders, developmental disorders, or other problems that affect thinking or behavior. To accurately diagnose ADHD, Dr. Shakil gathers information and uses tests, screenings, and evaluations to rule out other possibilities.

Insurance

We accept the majority of health insurance plans. Please contact our office if you do not see yours listed or have any other questions.

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Location
Psychiatric Associates of North Texas, PA
6351 Preston Rd, Ste 205
Frisco, TX 75034
Phone: 469-213-3540
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