ADHD Specialist

Debra N. Brosius, Psy.D

Psychologist & Mental Health Practice located in McLean, VA

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a prevalent mental health condition that affects as many as 10% of children in the United States. If your child has signs of ADHD or has been diagnosed with ADHD, Debra N Brosius, Psy.D., LLC in McLean, Virginia, can help. Dr. Brosius offers expert diagnosis and behavioral management for ADHD. To learn more about treatment for ADHD, call the office or click the online booking button.

ADHD Q & A

What is ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD is a mental health condition that makes it difficult to focus, pay attention, and sit still. Those with ADHD may also experience hyperactivity and impulsive behavior.

The symptoms caused by ADHD can affect many aspects of your life, including school, work, and relationships. 

What are ADHD symptoms?

ADHD symptoms can vary in type and severity, and some symptoms may be more dominant than others. Common symptoms include:

  • Disorganization
  • Difficulty problem solving
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Lack of focus
  • Difficulty multitasking
  • Easily frustrated
  • Mood swings
  • Temper
  • Inability to cope with stress
  • Difficulty completing tasks
  • Talking out of turn
  • Disruptiveness

ADHD symptoms change over time. In children, hyperactivity may be the most dominant symptom. In teens and adults, hyperactivity may turn into restlessness and agitation, and inattentive symptoms may become more dominant. 

Researchers are still investigating the underlying cause of ADHD, but theorize that the mental health condition may appear due to a combination of genetics, environmental factors, and central nervous system problems that occur at key developmental stages. 

How is ADHD diagnosed?

There’s no single test for diagnosing ADHD. However, symptoms usually develop before age 12. A physical exam and a review of your medical and family history may help formulate a diagnosis. A battery of ADHD or psychological tests may also be used to assist with a diagnosis. 

Dr. Brosius specializes in neuropsychological and educational assessments. She may run a variety of tests to assess you or your child’s deficits in attention and learning, as well as cognitive, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. 

What are the treatments for ADHD?

Currently, there’s no cure for ADHD. Treatment revolves around managing symptoms and includes prescription medications and therapy

No single medication or treatment works for everyone with ADHD, and it may take some time to find the right combination to help you manage your ADHD. 

Dr. Brosius works closely with you or your child to develop an effective plan that improves ADHD symptoms and quality of life. She also offers psychology consultations for parents and educators in search of clarification of a previous assessment.

For more information about ADHD management, contact Debra N Brosius, Psy.D., LLC by phone or online today.