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ADHD Specialist

Cornerstone Psychiatry and Counseling

John Hsieh, M.D.

Psychiatrist located in River Oak, Houston, TX

While attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is often diagnosed in childhood, the condition can persist through adolescence and adulthood. At Cornerstone Psychiatry and Counseling in Houston, Texas, John Hsieh, MD, offers comprehensive care to help you cope with ADHD. Call Cornerstone Psychiatry and Counseling today or make an appointment online for expert, multifaceted treatment.

ADHD Q & A

What is ADHD?

ADHD is a mental health disorder that interferes with your concentration and impulse control. The condition usually emerges during childhood but can also develop or persist into adulthood. ADHD can present as primarily hyperactive, inattentive, or a combination of both.

Adults and teenagers often have different ADHD symptoms than children. For example, as an adult, you’re more likely to have symptoms such as:

  • Disorganization
  • Poor prioritization and time management
  • Reduced concentration and focus
  • Impulsiveness
  • Low frustration tolerance
  • Mood swings
  • Poor stress management

In fact, many adults who have ADHD don’t know they have it. You might just feel like everyday tasks are more challenging than they should be. You might miss deadlines, forget meetings or social events, or struggle with intense impatience. 

*Psychiatric diagnosis such as ADHD (DSM V, ICD-10) provides a helpful description of various conditions. It is useful for communication. However, a psychiatric diagnosis does not explain the causes of the condition and treatment should not be driven by the diagnosis alone.

When should I talk to a psychiatrist about ADHD?

You should schedule a consultation with Dr. Hsieh if you feel like any of these symptoms interfere with your health or quality of life. 

While everyone experiences reduced concentration or forgetfulness occasionally, persistent issues that cause distress or other disruptions are signs that you need help.

How do you evaluate ADHD?

As mentioned, many factors can contribute to a lack of concentration, including stress, unhealthy social media or entertainment habits, depression, anxiety, sleep problems, or underlying medical issues.

Dr. Hsieh provides a comprehensive evaluation before diagnosing ADHD and deciding on a treatment plan. He talks to you about many details of your life, symptoms, and medical history and may administer clinical evaluations to gauge the severity of your condition.

How is ADHD treated?

Dr. Hsieh believes that while medication is often helpful for mental health issues, it’s not the only answer. He works with you to implement a personalized treatment plan to help you overcome the challenges presented by ADHD and enhance your quality of life. 

Dr. Hsieh tailors your treatment plan to address your specific needs, and it may include medication, counseling, and lifestyle modifications. If you need medication, you have regular medication management appointments to ensure the medicine is effective. 

Depending on your needs, he may offer brief or more extended counseling sessions to help you explore your thoughts and emotions and develop strategies to improve your concentration and impulse control.

If you have concerns about ADHD, call Cornerstone Psychiatry and Counseling today or make an appointment online.