Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD can impact academic and professional achievements, interpersonal relationships, and daily functioning. Treatment can help.

Our approach to attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) care

At WellSpan, we understand that ADHD can be a complex and life-altering condition. We’re here to help children and adults navigate the challenges of ADHD with comprehensive care that addresses the unique needs of each individual. Our experienced team of behavioral health providers, including MDs, PsyDs, LPCs, LSWs, LCSWs, CRNPs, APPs, and behavioral health technicians, work together to provide compassionate, individualized care that addresses the unique needs of each patient and their daily challenges.

Signs and symptoms of ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic condition that affects a person's ability to focus, control impulsive behaviors, or be overly active. It can have a significant impact on a person's life, including their academic and professional achievements, relationships, and daily functioning.

If someone is exhibiting several of the following symptoms for at least 6 months and it's causing problems at home, school, or with friends, it's worth getting them evaluated by a healthcare professional:

  • Inattention:
    • Trouble finishing tasks
    • Losing things often
    • Forgetfulness
    • Disorganization
    • Being easily distracted
    • Making careless mistakes
    • Seeming not to listen
  • Hyperactivity:
    • Fidgeting
    • Squirming
    • A hard time sitting still for quiet tasks
    • Running or climbing at inappropriate times
    • Talking too much or interrupting
    • Trouble waiting their turn
  • Impulsivity:
    • Hasty acts that occur in the moment without thought

Early diagnosis and proper treatment can make a big difference in managing ADHD and helping individuals reach their full potential. If you suspect your have ADHD, don't hesitate to reach out to a healthcare professional for an evaluation.

When to seek care for ADHD

When symptoms have been consistently observed for six months or more and there is impairment in daily life, evaluation by a health care provider is recommended. Adults and children will exhibit differences in symptoms just as there are differences between males and females. When in doubt, seek an evaluation.

Diagnosing ADHD

Receiving a diagnosis can be overwhelming, so we’ve made the process as simple as possible. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Observing symptoms:
    • Have symptoms been present for six months or longer?
    • Have symptoms caused issues in more than one setting such as school, home or work?
    • Did the symptoms start before age 12?
  • Physical exam: Evaluation to rule our other causes of symptoms.
  • Medical history: Detailed understanding of full health history.
  • Confirmation: Finally, we confirm at least 6 symptoms have been present for at least 6 months.

Treatments for ADHD

Our approach to treating ADHD is highly personalized and tailored to each person’s needs and circumstances. The treatment plan will depend on age, how severe the symptoms are, what other health conditions they have, and how they’re responding to treatment. Our goal is to help manage symptoms so each patient can be successful at home, in school, and in their social interactions.

Long-term treatment with a combination of behavioral therapy and medications has been proven to work better than medication alone.

Our treatment options include:

  • Medication: Medications can help patients with ADHD focus and control their behavior. We may prescribe stimulants, such as methylphenidate or amphetamine/dextroamphetamine. Medications don’t work for all patients, and it can take some time to find the best options. We will work closely with you to find the medication and dosage that is right for each patient.
  • Behavioral therapy: Behavioral therapy can help patients with ADHD learn new ways to manage their behavior and interact with others. Techniques may include time management, organization, and social skills training. We can refer you to a therapist who is experienced in working with patients with ADHD.
  • Family support: Family training can help you learn how to manage your child’s behavior at home. You may learn techniques such as setting clear limits, establishing routines, and using positive reinforcement. We can provide you with resources and support to help you implement these techniques.

Some patients also find benefit from yoga, meditation and neurofeedback training.

We understand that ADHD can be a challenging condition, but we are here to help. We will work with you to develop a treatment plan that meets individual needs, removes barriers and helps each patient reach their full potential.

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Comprehensive treatment approach

We use a combination of behavioral therapy and medications to treat ADHD, which is supported by research.

Individualized care plans

Our providers will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that meets your specific needs and goals.

Support for the whole family

We offer support and resources for the entire family, including parents, siblings, and caregivers.

Convenient locations

We have multiple locations throughout South Central Pennsylvania, making it easy for you to access our services.

Expert team

Our team of behavioral health providers includes psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors who are all experienced in treating ADHD.