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At MindBodyPinnacle Health in Laurel, MD & Washington D.C, we recognize the unique challenges faced by young individuals in today's dynamic world. Our child and adolescent therapy services are designed to help them navigate emotional and behavioral complexities, fostering resilience, positive coping skills, healthier relationships, and the ability to handle daily pressures.

Our compassionate team ensures a nurturing environment where our young clients can flourish under the guidance of experienced professionals.

ADHD at MindBodyPinnacle Mental Health in Laurel, MD & Washington D.C

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Understanding ADHD
at MindBodyPinnacle Mental Health in MD & D.C

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder impacting concentration and energy regulation. At MindBodyPinnacle Health, we classify ADHD into three primary types:

  • Inattentive Type: Challenges in focusing, overlooking details, and being easily distracted.

  • Hyperactive-Impulsive Type: Signs of restlessness, impulsivity, and difficulty in maintaining calm.

  • Combined Type: A mix of inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity, commonly seen in many individuals.

We are dedicated to helping those with ADHD navigate their symptoms, prevent complications, and lead fulfilling lives.

Symptoms Across Ages

ADHD symptoms vary across different age groups:

  • Children: Difficulty in waiting turns, daydreaming, avoiding focus-intensive tasks, and making careless mistakes in schoolwork.

  • Adolescents: Poor organizational skills, losing belongings, frustration, excessive talking, and academic challenges.

  • Adults: Chronic procrastination, trouble maintaining attention, forgetfulness, mood swings, and difficulty in achieving goals.

Early detection and expert guidance are crucial for effective management. At MindBodyPinnacle Health, we offer comprehensive assessments and personalized treatment plans.

Causes of ADHD and Risk Factors
in Laurel, MD & Washington D.C

While no one knows the exact reason why some people have ADHD, a few factors might play a role:


ADHD has a strong hereditary component. Multiple genes, many of which are related to the neurotransmitter dopamine, seem to have a connection with the disorder.

While no single gene can predict ADHD, a combination of genes may make certain individuals more susceptible.

Furthermore, twin and adoption studies have shown a higher concordance rate for ADHD in identical twins, pointing towards a significant genetic influence.


Environmental factors during prenatal and early life stages can play a crucial role in the development of ADHD.

For instance, prenatal exposure to tobacco smoke, alcohol, or illicit drugs can heighten the risk. Additionally, children exposed to high levels of lead, often found in old paints and plumbing, or other environmental pollutants during their early years may be more susceptible to ADHD.

Childhood exposure to trauma, abuse, or severe neglect can also play a role in the manifestation of ADHD symptoms.

Brain Structure:

Neuroimaging research has shown differences in the size and function of certain brain regions in individuals with ADHD.

For example, areas like the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for executive functions (like attention, decision-making, and impulse control), might be smaller or less active in people with ADHD. Furthermore, the brain's communication pathways, including those related to dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with reward and attention, may function differently in those with this disorder.

Causes of ADHD

​Treatment of ADHD and Management
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in Laurel, MD & Washington D.C


There's a range of medications available, primarily stimulants, which have shown to be effective in treating ADHD. These medications can significantly improve concentration and focus while reducing impulsive behaviors. It's important to note that the effect of medications can vary among individuals, and what works best for one person might not be suitable for another. Therefore, periodic evaluations and adjustments might be required.

Behavioral Therapy

This is a structured form of treatment that aims to shift negative behavior patterns into positive ones. For children with ADHD, this could mean practicing patience, learning to wait their turn, or developing strategies to complete tasks. For adults, it might encompass time-management skills or ways to reduce impulsive decision-making. Behavioral therapy can be beneficial not just for the individual with ADHD but also for families to understand and manage the condition better.

Educational Support

Recognizing ADHD's impact on learning, many educational institutions now offer tailored plans. These Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) or 504 plans ensure that children with ADHD receive the necessary support in their learning environment. This could be in the form of extended test times, frequent breaks, or assistance in note-taking.

​Lifestyle Changes

Regular physical activity can help manage symptoms by improving concentration and decreasing anxiety and depression. A balanced diet, adequate sleep, and mindfulness practices like meditation can also complement other treatments to improve overall well-being.

Dealing with ADHD often requires more than one approach:

ADHD and Adults in Laurel, MD & Washington D.C

Adult ADHD often continues from childhood, but sometimes it's not diagnosed until later in life.


A comprehensive evaluation is essential for an accurate diagnosis. Treatment for adults may include medication, psychotherapy, or both, along with behavior management strategies and family support.

​ADHD and Adults

At MindBodyPinnacle Health in Laurel, MD & Washington D.C. Our expert team is ready to turn the challenges of ADHD into strengths. Connect with us for a supportive

Transform Your ADHD Journey at MindBodyPinnacle Mental  Health in Laurel, MD & Washington D.C

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