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Can TMS Help My ADHD?

If you repeatedly struggle with attention and impulsivity, it may be time to consider whether you might have Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Undiagnosed ADHD can affect your work performance, social relationships, continued personal development, and self-esteem. Luckily, there are a number of treatment options.

Here at LiveWell TMS in Huntington, New York, Dr. Nina Greif helps men and women with ADHD through drug-free transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Rather than turning to medication with dangerous side effects, TMS can help you improve your focus and attention non-invasively. 

What is ADHD?

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurological disorder that involves issues with attention, inhibition, and impulse control. There are three subtypes of ADHD that each has its own characteristic set of symptoms: hyperactive-impulsive type, inattentive type, and the combined type.

People with hyperactive-impulsive type are probably the type you imagine when picturing someone with ADHD. They might struggle to stay seated for long periods of time (especially at a desk or workspace), talk over others or not listen when spoken to directly, have difficulty completing projects and daily tasks, and become impatient while waiting in line or running errands. 

Adults with inattentive type ADHD often daydream and get distracted easily, make careless mistakes and lack attention to detail, and become “spacey” by consistently losing important items such as their phone, wallet, and keys. This diagnosis is more common in women than men. 

Meanwhile, those with combination ADHD experience symptoms of both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive behaviours. A person with combination ADHD might struggle to focus on work, often becoming hyper-focused on other unrelated tasks. He or she can also be highly unorganized, messy, and struggle with time management.They tend to avoid or highly despise completing tasks that require large amounts of mental effort such as preparing reports and reviewing itemized lists.

ADHD generally affects the ability to focus and stay focused on specific tasks at hand. For women and men with ADHD, this can often manifest as periods of poor focus, getting distracted and focusing on other things, and even intervals of hyper-focus. 

Similarly, ADHD affects the ability to control behaviors through selective inhibition. Many of us might have thoughts, desires, or impulses we ignore in our daily life, but for many with ADHD, it becomes impossible to inhibit those impulses, which can often lead to inappropriate behavior.

If you’re concerned you might have ADHD, it’s important to speak to an ADHD specialist like Dr. Nina Greif who can help distinguish from normal behaviors and ADHD symptoms.

How can TMS help ADHD? 

While some ADHD medication can be positively life-changing, they can also cause serious side effects such as nausea, stomachaches, and headaches. It can also take a long time to find medications that work best for you, especially if you have treatment-resistant ADHD.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a drug-free ADHD treatment that works by encouraging your brain to form healthier neural networks by balancing its neurotransmitters. Unlike medication, TMS is completely non-invasive with minimal side effects

During your TMS session, Dr. Greif attaches an electromagnetic cap on your head and uses mild magnetic energy to stimulate brain areas associated with ADHD. You might hear some clicking noises and feel some tapping sensations, but the 20 minute sessions are painless and require no recovery time afterwards, meaning you can return to work or normal activities afterwards. 

Whether you were already diagnosed with ADHD as a child, or just seem to be displaying concerning symptoms, talk with Dr. Greif to find out how TMS might be able to help. To find out more, call LiveWell TMS at 631-228-7674 or request an appointment online.

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