Mental Health Wellness Boutique
Irina Ashamalla, FNP-C; PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Care & Child and Adult Psychiatric Care located in Peoria, AZ
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that causes a pattern of behaviors that affect learning and socializing. Irina Ashamalla, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, specializes in ADHD, as well as other psychiatric disorders that affect children and teens. Mrs. Ashamalla takes a family-centered approach to care, helping ADHD patients and their families work together to improve mental well-being. To learn more about ADHD services at Mental Health Wellness Boutique, call the office in Peoria, Arizona, or schedule online today. Telemedicine appointments are also available.
What is attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?
ADHD or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is a mental health disorder characterized by ongoing difficulties with inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder, which means the symptoms are the result of abnormal brain development during the early childhood years.
ADHD symptoms usually appear during childhood. Though once thought of as a condition children outgrow, it’s now known that ADHD is a life-long mental health condition. However, symptoms change over time, and many people develop skills that help manage ADHD symptoms.
What are the symptoms of ADHD?
ADHD symptoms fall into three categories: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.
With inattention, you may have a hard time completing projects, focusing, or following conversations. You may also struggle with organization.
Hyperactivity is a constant need to move, especially during times when it’s not appropriate. For example, a child needs to stand up and pace at various times during the school day because they can’t sit in the chair.
In adults, hyperactivity may appear as restlessness or talking too much.
Impulsivity is a behavior where you react without thinking about the consequences. You have a hard time with self-control. People with ADHD may interrupt others or speak out of turn.
It’s important to note that it may be possible to have a mix of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity.
What are the treatment options for ADHD?
At Mental Health Wellness Boutique, Mrs. Ashamalla takes an integrated approach to care, combining medications and therapy to help you manage ADHD.
Mrs. Ashamalla works closely with you or your child to find the right medication to control symptoms.
ADHD medications include stimulant and nonstimulant prescriptions. These medications work by increasing levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain to improve focus.
Mrs. Ashamalla customizes therapy to match the needs of the family. She utilizes many techniques based on age, such as play therapy for young children, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and family therapy.
What other mental health conditions affect young people?
Mental Health Wellness Boutique treats other mental health conditions separate from or along with ADHD. They include:
Impulse control disorders
Impulse control disorders cause severe impulsive behaviors such as aggression, gambling, or compulsive buying.
Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD)
DMDD is a mood disorder that affects childern and teens, causing anger, irritability, and severe temper outbursts. Mrs. Ashamalla also treats aggression.
For compassionate, patient-centered ADHD care, call the Mental Health Wellness Boutique office in Peoria, Arizona, or schedule online today. Telemedicine appointments are also available.