ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) Specialist

Michael Messina,  Psy.D. -  - Clinical Psychologist

Michael Messina, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist located in Southlake, TX

Difficulty paying attention, sitting still, and controlling impulsive behaviors may be signs of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Licensed clinical psychologist Michael Messina, PsyD, evaluates and treats children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD at his practice in Southlake, Texas. If you think you or your child has ADHD, don’t hesitate to call the office or book an appointment online today.

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) Q & A

What is ADHD?

ADHD stands for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, a common neurodevelopmental disorder that often begins in childhood and persists into the adult years. 

People with ADHD may find themselves constantly interrupting others and feeling like they constantly need to move around. 

Signs and symptoms of ADHD usually change in type and severity as you advance from childhood to adulthood. 

For example, adolescents and adults may find it easier to control hyperactivity, but continue to struggle with disorganization, impulse control, and inattention. 

What are the signs and symptoms of ADHD?

People with ADHD demonstrate an ongoing pattern of three types of symptoms: difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. These symptoms cause problems at school, work, and with friends. 

Inattention

Signs and symptoms of inattention include:

  • Being easily distracted by noises or other stimuli
  • Forgetfulness in daily activities, like chores
  • Difficulty paying attention to conversations and lectures
  • Problems organizing tasks and activities
  • Not listening when spoken to directly
  • Making careless mistakes 
  • Difficulty following directions
  • Losing things necessary for tasks and activities
  • Avoiding activities that require ongoing mental effort

Hyperactivity-impulsivity

Signs and symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity include:

  • Talking nonstop
  • Blurting out answers before the question is finished
  • Difficulty waiting or taking turns
  • Interrupting others’ conversations or activities
  • Fidgeting or squirming
  • Getting up and moving around at inappropriate times
  • Feeling restless
  • Avoiding quiet activities
  • Being constantly on the go or in motion

Showing these signs and symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean you or your child has ADHD. Dr. Messina provides you with an accurate diagnosis after a thorough evaluation. 

How is ADHD treated?

If you or your child has ADHD, Dr. Messina develops a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Depending on the situation, ADHD treatment may include:

  • Medication
  • Psychotherapy
  • Parent behavioral training

Dr. Messina doesn’t prescribe medication, but he’s happy to communicate with your psychiatrist or family doctor to ensure you or your child receives the most appropriate treatment. 

If you have a school-aged child with ADHD, Dr. Messina may also encourage you to seek out special education services to help your child succeed. 

To find out if you or your child has ADHD, call the office of Dr. Michael Messina or book an appointment online today.