ADD/ADHD

Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists -  - Mental Health Clinic

Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists

Mental Health Office located in Costa Mesa, Orange, Dana Point & Huntington Beach, CA

Children and adults with ADD/ADHD face challenges across every aspect of their lives, and they’re at a higher risk for other mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety. The experienced team at Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists screens for ADD/ADHD and provides comprehensive treatment, such as medication and psychotherapy, to support patients and their families. If you need help with the challenges of ADD/ADHD, call one of their offices in Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Dana Point ,and Orange, California.

ADD/ADHD Q & A

What is ADD/ADHD?

Attention-deficit disorder (ADD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are brain disorders that cause problems with your ability to regulate attention, control impulses, and plan and organize activities.

ADD/ADHD, which affects boys three times more often than girls, is usually diagnosed in childhood. For some patients, however, it’s not identified until adulthood. No matter how old you are when you’re diagnosed, some symptoms are noticeable by the age of 12 years.

What symptoms occur in patients with ADD/ADHD?

ADD/ADHD causes an ongoing pattern of behaviors that affect your ability to succeed at home, school, work, and in the community. These behaviors or symptoms are grouped into two primary categories: inattentiveness and hyperactivity/impulsivity. Everyone with ADD/ADHD struggles with inattention. You only have problems with hyperactivity and impulsivity if you have ADHD.

Examples of inattentive behavior include:

  • Difficulty paying attention

  • Being easily distracted

  • Having trouble organizing tasks or managing time

  • Frequently losing things

  • Making careless mistakes

  • Finding it hard to follow instructions


Examples of hyperactivity and impulsivity include:

  • Being extremely energetic

  • Constantly on the go

  • Having difficulty taking turns

  • Fidgeting or squirming in your seat

  • Talking excessively, often interrupting

  • Starting but seldom finishing projects


Children and adults with ADD/ADHD also have weak working memory. Working memory gives you the ability to temporarily store and organize the information you need to carry out an immediate task.

How is ADD/ADHD treated?

The team at Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists takes an integrative approach to treating ADD/ADHD, using the combination of treatments that work best for you or your child. They stay up-to-date with the latest advances, so you can always be sure you’re receiving the most effective therapies.

Treatment for ADD/ADHD often begins with medication to treat your symptoms. Stimulants effectively increase the brain chemicals needed to maintain attention and improve your concentration. Nonstimulant medications are available, but they take longer to work.

Therapy is also an important component for ADD/ADHD. The team uses different types of social and behavioral therapies to help children and adults with ADD/ADHD find ways to minimize distractions and organize their lives for success.

Parents and families are often involved in therapy so they can learn the best ways to deal with stress and challenging behaviors while learning how to guide and promote positive behaviors and organizational skills.

Effective treatment is available for ADD/ADHD. Call Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists today.