Online ADHD Specialist Q&A

ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders in childhood. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, control impulsive behaviors (may act without thinking about what the result will be), or be overly active. If you or someone you love is showcasing signs and symptoms of ADHD, and you are looking for a proper diagnosis to get help and learn to manage the symptoms, contact Reliable Mental Health today. See our operating hours to book a telepsychiatry consultation today. Serving O’Fallon MO, and surrounding areas!

Online ADHD Specialist Near Me in O’Fallon MO
Online ADHD Specialist Near Me in O’Fallon MO

Table of Contents:

What are the causes of ADHD?
What is the difference between ADD & ADHD?
Is ADHD a mental illness?
Can ADHD be cured?

What are the causes of ADHD?

The main cause and risk factor that is associated with ADHD is still unknown; however, current research has shown that genetics is playing a larger role than you may know. Scientists have been studying and researching other possible risk factors and causes that include:

• Brain injury
• Environmental risks and exposure during a young age pregnancy
• Alcohol and tobacco use during pregnancy
• Premature delivery
• Low birth weight

ADHD has many different treatments available, with some combination treatments available with medication and behavior therapy. Often behavior therapy will be used as the first line of treatment before medication is prescribed. Your doctor and team will choose a treatment option that they believe will be best for you depending on the patient, or if the individual is a child, it will be mentioned to the family. Treatment plans will often include making changes, close monitoring, and follow-ups.

What is the difference between ADD & ADHD?

ADHD is short for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which is the preferred medical term for doctors based on your neurological condition. It was previously called ADD, which is short for attention deficit disorder. Your symptoms will fall into one of these three quantifying subtypes including:

Primarily Hyperactive-Impulsive

Key symptoms that you may be diagnosed with include:

• Issues sitting quietly, staying in place, or remaining still
• Excessive talking
• Issues waiting or taking turns
• Frequent squirming, fidgeting or tapping your feet and hands
• Issues staying seated at work, school, or even other situations
• Persistent feelings of being restless
• Issues playing quietly or participating in relaxing activities
• Habit of finishing other’s sentences or providing an answer before anyone else can complete the question
• Habit of interrupting others, particularly intruding on conversations and activities, or using others’ stuff without permission

Primarily Inattentive

Doctors may have diagnosed you with primarily inattentive attention deficit disorder if you showcase these symptoms:

• Easily distracted
• Continuously forgetful
• Issues paying attention to details or when listening to others speak
• Issues concentrating on activities or tasks
• Issues following instructions and completing the tasks as directed
• Often losing focus or getting sidetracked
• Issues staying organized or managing your time
• Often putting off or even avoiding tasks that require long periods of mental effort
• Habit of losing vital things that are necessary for activities and daily routines


Anyone that has a combined type of ADHD symptoms, may have symptoms of both hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive categories.

These subtypes will also vary in severity from one individual to another, making many patients’ diagnoses challenging. The group of behaviors that do make up attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Is ADHD a mental illness?

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is considered a mental illness, it affects the way you focus and act. Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is often first diagnosed in school-aged children but will continue to cause issues into adulthood.

Can ADHD be cured?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a brain disorder that affects how you are able to pay attention, control your behavior, and sit still. Unfortunately, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is not curable, and cannot be prevented. If you spot the symptoms early enough and find a clinic that will provide great treatment options and educate you like Reliable Mental Health, you or your child will easily be able to manage their symptoms.

There are a few different treatment options available to help treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. There may be different treatments that can be combined, and many of the symptoms can be managed with therapy and medication. It is essential, that the therapists, doctors, and if children are involved, the parents and teachers all work in cooperation together to ensure the health of the patient is taken care of.

For compassionate, individualized, and hands-on mental health care to help patients toward their best life they can book an appointment online today. We serve patients from O’Fallon MO, Osage Beach MO, Kansas City MO, Springfield, MO, Chesterfield MO, St. Louis MO, St. Charles MO, St. Peters MO, Wentzville MO, and surrounding areas!