I Can’t Focus, Do I have ADHD?


Many people experience occasional forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, or impulsivity in their daily lives. However, for some, these challenges may be more persistent and severe, potentially indicating ADHD. If you find that these difficulties significantly interfere with your ability to function at work, school, or in relationships, it might be worth discussing with a healthcare professional to determine if ADHD could be a factor.

Symptoms of ADHD



  • Disorganization
  • Easy Distractibility
  • Forgetfulness
  • Difficulty Maintaining Focus
  • Not Following Through With Instructions
  • Avoidance of Tasks Requiring Sustained Mental Effort
  • Careless Mistakes in School or Work
  • Frequently Losing Items Necessary For Tasks

For a diagnosis, these symptoms must significantly impact social, academic, or occupational activities and be more pronounced than what is typically observed in others at a similar developmental stage.

Hyperactivity and Impulsivity

  • Fidgeting
  • Difficulty Remaining Seated
  • Inappropriate Running or Climbing
  • Inability to Engage in Activities Quietly
  • Excessive Talking
  • Blurting Out Answers
  • Difficulty Waiting Turns
  • Interrupting Others
  • Often “On the Go” or Acting if Being “Driven by a Motor”

Not everyone with ADHD will exhibit all of these symptoms, and the severity can vary greatly from person to person. Symptoms can overlap with other conditions, so it’s essential to consult with a qualified healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

How Do You Treat ADHD?

Medication Management

We specialize in the careful use of medications, such as stimulants (e.g., methylphenidate, amphetamines) and non-stimulant options, to effectively manage ADHD symptoms.

Supportive Services

While we focus on medication management, we also recognize the value of supportive counseling and coaching to help develop organizational skills, coping strategies, and to provide education on managing ADHD.

Lifestyle Guidance

Our holistic approach includes guidance on lifestyle factors that can impact ADHD, such as exercise, diet, sleep hygiene, and mindfulness practices.

Educational Resources

Understanding ADHD is crucial for effective management. We provide resources and can recommend support groups to help individuals and families navigate the challenges of ADHD.

Finding a Balance Takes Time

Finding balance with ADHD involves a combination of strategies tailored to individual needs. Establishing a consistent routine, breaking tasks into manageable steps, and minimizing distractions can help manage symptoms. Utilizing tools such as visual aids and technology, seeking professional support, and prioritizing self-care through exercise, healthy habits, and self-compassion are essential components. Embracing flexibility, patience, and persistence while learning to navigate challenges is key to finding equilibrium and maximizing overall well-being with ADHD.


Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

If you’re finding it increasingly difficult to focus, you might be wondering if ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is the underlying cause. ADHD is characterized by a consistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that disrupts daily functioning or development. At Platinum Psychiatry, we understand the complexities of diagnosing and treating ADHD and are here to guide you through understanding the symptoms, the diagnostic process, and the treatment options available.


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