Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
ADD describes the experience of increased inattention, often challenging the ability to focus and complete tasks. The DSM-5 defines ADD as a “persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity or impulsivity that is more frequent and severe than is typically observed in individuals at a comparable level of development.” These challenges are quite common, with various studies estimating that nearly in 1 in 10 children and 1 in 25 adults meet the DSM-5 criteria for ADD/ADHD.
In an age of technology and seemingly constant stimulation, everyone experiences inattention to some degree. Maintaining attention can be difficult, some days more than others. However, those diagnosed with ADD experience inattention beyond a normal threshold, making daily functioning increasingly challenging, inhibiting the ability to maintain everyday life, including social, work, and relationship responsibilities. There are, however, many treatments to aid an individual in reclaiming their attention to better suit their daily life and functioning needs. These include medication management, organizational skills training, time management training, and health and dietary concerns. While recognizing that all individuals require different methods of treatment, Mind Body Psychiatry clinicians can help navigate these strategies to create the most effective approach to maintaining attention.
Dr. Beata Lewis, MD and Beth Wecksell, PsyD specialize in ADD treatment.