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ADHD Specialist

Florida Behavioral Medicine of Tampa

Richard A Smith, DO

Psychiatry located in Tampa, FL

About 2.5% of adults and 8.4% of children have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which can make paying attention and sitting still difficult. If you suffer from ADHD and would like to focus better at work or school, psychiatrist Richard Smith, DO, has solutions. At Florida Behavioral Medicine of Tampa in Tampa, Florida, you receive evidence-based, personalized ADHD treatments to restore your quality of life. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online to learn more.

ADHD Q&A

What is ADHD?

ADHD or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is a mental health condition in which it’s difficult for you to pay attention and sit still. ADHD can cause problems at work or school, negatively affect your self-esteem, and put a strain on interpersonal relationships. Seeking ADHD treatment at Florida Behavioral Medicine of Tampa can drastically improve your quality of life. 

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

The following signs and symptoms may indicate you have ADHD.

  • Problems focusing on tasks
  • Impulsiveness, restlessness, or excessive activity
  • Disorganization
  • Problems prioritizing and planning
  • Difficulty multitasking
  • Poor time management skills
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Difficulty following through with tasks
  • Problems coping with stress
  • Low frustration tolerance

ADHD symptoms can range in severity from mild to severe. If they negatively affect your everyday life and make work or school challenging, see Florida Behavioral Medicine of Tampa for an evaluation.

What are the risk factors for ADHD?

The exact cause of ADHD isn’t entirely clear, but the following factors may increase your risk of experiencing it.

  • Brain injuries
  • Genetics
  • Alcohol or drug use during pregnancy
  • Smoking during pregnancy
  • Lead or other environmental toxin exposure 
  • Low birth weight
  • Problems with the central nervous system

Complications associated with ADHD may include unemployment, financial problems, unstable relationships, low self-esteem, poor work or school performance, substance abuse, and mental or physical health issues.

How is ADHD diagnosed?

To diagnose ADHD, your psychiatrist reviews your physical and mental health history. They ask questions about your symptoms, complete a physical exam, and use psychological evaluations to determine if you have ADHD, another mental health disorder, or both.

What is the treatment for ADHD?

Florida Behavioral Medicine of Tampa personalizes ADHD treatments using an evidence-based approach. Your psychiatrist might recommend prescription medications to help you focus better or suggest counseling, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, marital counseling, or family therapy. 

Your psychiatrist educates you about ADHD coping strategies. Examples include:

  • Following a routine
  • Making lists
  • Using other organizational tips

They can refer you to ADHD social support groups or other resources to help you thrive in your environment and in relationships. 

If you have another mental health issue, such as depression or anxiety, Florida Behavioral Medicine of Tampa can treat it in addition to ADHD.

Don’t live with ADHD symptoms that negatively affect your life. Schedule an evaluation with Florida Behavioral Medicine of Tampa over the phone or online today.