ADHD Specialist

Candace Good, MD -  - Psychiatrist

Sig: Wellness Studio

Candace Good, MD

Psychiatrist located in State College, PA

It can be hard managing the symptoms of ADHD, like hyperactivity and being easily distracted; but Candace Good, MD, has solutions. At Sig: Wellness Studio in State College, Pennsylvania, she brings her personal experience, psychiatric background, and holistic training to managing conditions like ADHD. To find non-stimulant treatments to manage your symptoms, call Sig: Wellness Studio or schedule an appointment online today.

ADHD Q & A

What is ADHD?

ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a condition associated with limited attention spans, difficulty remaining still for long periods of time, and high activity levels. In many cases, boys receive ADHD diagnosis during their early school years more often than girls.

While ADHD is more common in young children and teenagers, adults can also have this disorder. The symptoms associated with ADHD can change over time and continue into adulthood, and many adults aren’t aware they have the disorder.

What are the symptoms of ADHD in children?

ADHD causes symptoms that are organized by type: inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive. You can also have a combination of symptoms.

Inattentive

These types of ADHD symptoms typically include forgetting about daily activities, losing things regularly, and daydreaming or being easily distracted. You might also find it challenging to organize or finish tasks, listen, or follow directions.

Hyperactive/Impulsive

Common symptoms associated with hyperactivity/impulsivity include restlessness, excessive talking, inability to sit still or stay quiet. It’s also common to interrupt others, blurt out answers, and appear to be always in motion.

What are the symptoms of ADHD in adults?

ADHD symptoms are often different in adults and typically include:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Punctuality problems
  • Chronic forgetfulness
  • Problems in relationships or at work
  • Lack of organization
  • Being easily frustrated or bored
  • Mood swings, depression, or anger management issues

Adults with ADHD can also have addiction or substance abuse problems.

What causes ADHD?

The exact cause of ADHD isn’t known, but certain factors might lead to the disorder, including:

  • Chemical imbalances
  • Brain changes
  • Genetics
  • Exposure to toxins, like lead
  • Brain disorders or injuries
  • Interruptions to fetal brain development during pregnancy

Too much television, food allergies, or lack of discipline doesn't cause ADHD.

What is the treatment for ADHD?

Dr. Good offers continuous performance testing with the Quotient ADHD system and non-stimulant treatment approaches to managing ADHD. Relying on a holistic approach in addition to her psychiatric training, Dr. Good reviews your symptoms, discusses your personal and family medical history, and performs a physical exam.

After reaching a diagnosis, Dr. Good typically recommends a variety of therapies to control ADHD symptoms, including:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Ayurvedic methods leveraging personalized wellness routines and diet
  • Complementary treatments, like stress management or mindfulness techniques
  • Dietary supplements
  • Personalized yoga instruction with a provider, like Path to Calm

If you have a prescriber who would like testing to appropriately treat your condition with stimulants, ask your provider if Quotient testing with Dr. Good is adequate.  Colleges may require more detailed psychological testing of working memory and processing speed for accommodations through student disability resources.

To learn more about ADHD testing and treatment, call Sig: Wellness Studio or schedule an appointment online today.