Welcome to the ADHD Clinic of North Texas
At the ADHD Clinic of North Texas, we specialize in addressing health care needs in a sensitive, considerate and confidential environment. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of care to our patients in an environment where they feel unrushed, thoroughly listened to, and well informed.
As a highly trained, board certified specialist in Psychiatry,
Dr. Parikh provides quality care and an understanding of the issues concerning adults and adolescents.
What Is ADHD?
ADHD is a medical condition with symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, or a combination of all three symptoms.
ADHD is one of the most common mental disorders affecting children. ADHD is frequently first identified in school-aged children when it causes disruption in the classroom or difficulty with schoolwork. Approximately 5 to 8 percent of school-aged children have symptoms of ADHD.
Adults may also be diagnosed with ADHD. Many adults with ADHD do not realize they have the disorder. Common symptoms in adults include physical restlessness, frequently losing items, and difficulty following directions, remembering information, concentrating, organizing tasks, or completing work on time.
What Causes ADHD?
The exact cause of ADHD is unknown, but scientists and clinicians think the disorder may be related to one or more of the following factors:
Neurotransmitter function - ADHD is thought to be caused by an imbalance of two neurotransmitters: dopamine (DA) and norepinephrine (NE). Scientists think that these chemicals play an important role in the ability to focus and pay attention to tasks.
Genetics - Research strongly suggests that ADHD tends to run in families. However, this does not mean that all children in a family will have the disorder.
Environment - Certain external factors, such as smoking during pregnancy or complications from pregnancy, delivery, or infancy may contribute to ADHD.
How Can I Tell If I Have ADHD?
Only a qualified health care professional can provide a diagnosis of ADHD. If you think you might have ADHD, explain the symptoms you are experiencing to a qualified health care professional.
How Does ADHD Medication Work?
ADHD medications, both stimulants and non-stimulants, are believed to increase the amount of natural body chemicals between brain cells. These chemicals are thought to be involved in processes such as attention and controlling impulsivity and hyperactivity.