ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. You might think of it as a problem that mostly affects kids, but it can continue throughout adolescence and into adulthood. In fact, about 4% of adults have a diagnosis of ADHD.
At Texas Mind Science, with offices in Richardson and Flower Mound, Texas, we offer a revolutionary treatment for adults with ADHD called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). It can make a real difference in their lives — keep reading to find out more about how it works.
What is ADHD?
ADHD is a mental health disorder that includes several different issues such as difficulty paying attention, impulsive behavior, and hyperactivity. It’s actually caused by an imbalance in neurotransmitters in the part of the brain that controls your executive functions and your ability to self-regulate.
The fallout of ADHD can range from mild to severe. At its worst, the disease causes major symptoms and problems that can in turn cause issues with both personal relationships and work performance.
Symptoms include impulsiveness, trouble organizing, poor time management, excessive activity, low tolerance for frustration, frequent mood swings, trouble focusing on and completing tasks, difficulty following through, and more.
In short, it’s difficult to stay organized and focused, solve problems, and regulate your emotions and your behaviors.
How Can It Be Treated?
Standard ADHD treatment usually includes some combination of medication, education, skills training, and counseling. Stimulants that boost and balance your neurotransmitters are usually the first option. If those aren’t effective, antidepressants are sometimes a good option.
Psychological counseling can also be helpful for adults — the counseling can help you improve your organizational and time management skills, reduce your impulsive behavior, control your temper, and improve your relationships with those around you.
How Does TMS Help?
At Texas Mind Science, we also use TMS to boost your brain chemicals and improve your symptoms. You’ll relax in a chair while the TMS coil is placed against your head so the magnetic pulses it releases will stimulate the areas of your brain affected by ADHD.
Each treatment session lasts about a half-hour; for most patients, we recommend five sessions a week for 4-6 weeks. The idea behind TMS is to be able to treat patients without medications that could cause bad side effects.
To find out more about TMS and how it might be an option for you, schedule an appointment at either of our locations. You can call each office directly or use our convenient online scheduler to book your session.