ADHD Specialist

Ashraf Abaza, MD -  - Psychiatrist

TMS Medical Therapy of Suffolk County

Ashraf Abaza, MD

Psychiatrist & Psychopharmacologist located in Long Island, Northport, NY

If you can’t seem to finish projects, you’re easily distracted, or can’t concentrate, you may have adult ADHD. Although ADHD is often first diagnosed in childhood, it also affects adults. Dr. Ashraf Abaza at TMS Medical Therapy of Suffolk County works with adults, screening for ADHD and providing customized medical and psychotherapeutic treatments. If you wonder whether your constant restlessness is ADHD, call the office in Suffolk County, New York or use online booking to schedule an appointment.

ADHD Q & A

What is ADHD?

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobiological disorder that often appears in early childhood, but may not be diagnosed until adulthood. Additionally, about half of those diagnosed with childhood ADHD continue to have symptoms throughout adulthood.

Brain imaging studies of patients with ADHD show dysfunction in areas of the brain involving attention, sensorimotor function, and executive function, which is essential for organizational skills and regulating behavior.

Adults with ADHD typically have low working memory. When you don’t have sufficient working memory — the ability to temporarily store information — you have a hard time learning, following instructions, and planning actions.

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

When you have ADHD, the symptoms — inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity — persist at least six months. Attention deficit disorder (ADD) exists if you have inattentive symptoms, but don’t struggle with hyperactivity.

In adults, these symptoms are exhibited in behaviors such as:

  • Feeling restless and fidgety, or having difficulty relaxing
  • Being constantly on the go
  • Being disorganized
  • Frequently losing things
  • Starting projects, but never finishing
  • Being unable to shut off your brain
  • Being late to appointments or missing deadlines

What is the association between ADHD and substance abuse?

Adults with ADHD are three times more likely to abuse or become dependent on alcohol or drugs. In many cases, they turn to these substances to improve their mood, help calm their hyperactive brain, or to sleep better.

ADHD and alcoholism also run in families, with both conditions sharing common genes. As a result, you might develop both problems if you have one of them.

How is ADHD treated?

Dr. Abaza provides a thorough evaluation to determine whether you have ADHD or ADD, then works with you to develop a customized treatment. The primary treatment methods used for ADHD are psychotherapy and prescription stimulant or nonstimulant medications.

Stimulant medications improve your attention by boosting the number of brain chemicals essential for thinking and focus. Various types of psychotherapy can help you regulate your emotional and behavioral responses, or help you learn organizational skills.

Dr. Abaza may recommend traditional psychotherapy to help with issues like depression, anxiety, family or work relationships, or other specific symptoms. Cognitive behavioral therapy may be used to retrain your thoughts and habits, helping lessen problems such as impulsivity or disorganization.

If you need help with ADHD or ADD, call TMS Medical Therapy of Suffolk County or book an appointment online.