Attention Deficit Q&A
What is a concentration deficit?
With a concentration deficit, you may struggle to follow conversations, focus on tasks, or stay organized. Your problems with concentration may stem from an underlying medical or psychiatric condition like:
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Elevate medical takes an integrative approach to psychiatric care and conducts thorough evaluations to rule out a medical cause before diagnosing a psychiatric disorder. Our unparalleled mental wellness services focus on root cause diagnosis through an in-depth assessment and compassionate care.
What is attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder?
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that causes inattention (concentration deficit), hyperactivity, and impulsivity. People with ADHD are classified into the following types based on the most dominant symptom:
Patients with the inattentive type of disorder may experience difficulty concentrating and focusing. They may show trouble following directions and appear distracted when spoken to.
Patients that suffer from Hyperactive/impulsive type exhibit symptoms such as taking too much, having difficulty waiting for their turn, and struggling to sit still.
People with a combined type exhibit inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive symptoms equally.
ADHD symptoms typically appear during childhood but may go unnoticed in those with mild symptoms.
ADHD vs. CDD
As mentioned above, ADHD can be divided into three sub-types: inattentive, hyperactive, and combined. Concentration Deficit Disorder shows similar symptoms as predominantly inattentive ADHD; however, it can be tricky to diagnose the disorder as there is a high likelihood that a separate disorder or sub-type of ADHD may be mimicking the symptoms cloaked as CDD.
Years of research indicate a significant overlap in symptoms between ADHD sub-type and CDD. However, more research is needed in this area before any definitive conclusions can be reached.
What can I expect during a concentration deficit consultation?
You can expect a personalized and thorough evaluation when you see the mental wellness experts at Elevate medical with concerns about concentration deficit.
During your initial visit, your mental wellness expert intently listens to your concerns and needs to help figure out why you’re not feeling whole. Then they conduct a thorough physical exam, which may include diagnostic blood work, to rule out a medical cause to explain your symptoms.
If it’s determined that a medical condition is the cause of your symptoms, elevate medical clears away the weeds and rocks so that you can build from a level and fertile foundation.
When medical causes are ruled out, a psychiatric condition is considered. ADHD is only diagnosed when all other reasons — medical and psychiatric — are ruled out.
How is concentration deficit treated?
Elevate medical develops personalized mental wellness treatment plans for concentration deficits based on the underlying cause. Your treatment may include a customized therapy program and evidence-based medication tailored to your needs.
The mental wellness experts at Elevate medical aim to help you identify your dreams, figure out who you are, and provide recommendations that help you grow.
Though medications may be part of your treatment plan, the team at Elevate medical-only prescribes medication when needed. They aim to avoid the need for multiple medications to treat one condition.
We believe in transparent medical care, which is why when medications are prescribed, Elevate medical always explains why the medication was chosen for you. They taper you off the medication once you’re in a good place.
As you progress through therapy, Elevate medical will help you get to where the emptiness and chaos caused by your concentration deficit are replaced with wholeness and serenity.
To schedule an evaluation for your concentration deficit to feel more like your usual self, contact Elevate medical by phone or online today.