ADHD

Robert Lynn Horne, MD -  - Psychiatrist

Robert Lynn Horne, MD

Psychiatrist located in Las Vegas, NV

ADHD Specialist
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is a disorder frequently diagnosed in children, but ADHD can affect adults as well. Regardless of the patient’s age, treatment can help lessen the symptoms and improve the ability to focus on important tasks. Dr. Robert Lynne Horne, located in Las Vegas, Nevada has extensive experience in diagnosing and treatment. If you or your child have the symptoms of ADHD, please contact Robert Lynn Horne, MD, today to make an appointment.

ADHD Q & A

What is ADHD?

ADHD is a chronic condition that usually begins in childhood and may continue to affect the patient for many years. This condition makes it difficult for the patient to concentrate or sit still. It can affect performance in school or at work, and it can contribute to behavioral problems.


What causes ADHD?

Scientists believe that ADHD occurs because of a combination of factors, including genetic traits, environmental exposures, and problems with the development of the central nervous system. Risk factors for ADHD include:

  • Having a blood relative with the disorder
  • Maternal drug use during pregnancy
  • Premature birth
  • Exposure to certain environmental toxins, such as lead


What are the symptoms of ADHD?

The most common symptoms of ADHD include:

  • Trouble focusing on a task
  • Difficulty following directions
  • Problems with organization
  • Losing important items
  • Dislike or avoidance of tasks that require focus
  • Trouble waiting for a turn
  • Interrupting people
  • Difficulty remaining still
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Continuous motion

The severity of these symptoms can vary from one patient to the next. Some patients may have only hyperactive or inattentive symptoms, while others may have both types of symptoms.


How does Dr. Horne diagnose this condition?

All children struggle with inattention or impulsivity at some time. In general, Dr. Horne won’t suspect ADHD unless the child has struggled continuously with these problems for several months. To make the diagnosis, Dr. Horne conducts a physical exam, interviews family members and teachers, and interviews the child. If the child meets the criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Dr. Horne diagnoses ADHD.


What treatments are available?

One of the most common treatments for ADHD is medication. Dr. Horne may prescribe a stimulant, such as Ritalin, to help control the symptoms of this condition. However, all medications come with side effects, so it’s important to discuss this issue with Dr. Horne in detail before beginning treatment.

In addition to taking medication, children with ADHD may also benefit from behavioral therapy, counseling, and education. Dr. Horne discusses the benefits of each treatment option so parents can make the best choice for the child.

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