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ADHD services offered in Riverdale, MD

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common mental health disorder affecting children and adults. If you struggle with concentration, sitting still, or impulsivity, Dynmed Primary Care & Wellness in Riverdale, Maryland, can help. Ekop Graham, NP, PMHNP-BC, FNP, and her expert mental health team offer evidence-based treatments for ADHD to help restore your quality of life. Book an appointment today by phone or request one online.

What is ADHD?

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting both children and adults. It's characterized by persistent patterns of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that can interfere with your daily life and functioning.

The Dynmed Primary Care & Wellness team has the expertise and experience to accurately diagnose your condition and provide effective treatment.

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

Symptoms of ADHD can vary in severity and may manifest differently in individuals. Two primary subtypes include:


Symptoms include difficulty sustaining attention, being easily distracted, forgetting things, struggling with organization, and being unable to follow through on tasks.


Symptoms involve restlessness, fidgeting, impulsivity (acting without thinking), difficulty staying seated, excessive talking, and interrupting others.

Many people with ADHD have a combination of inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive symptoms, which is known as the combined type.

To be diagnosed with ADHD, these symptoms must persist for at least six months, cause impairment in multiple settings (e.g., school, work, home), and not be explained by another medical or psychiatric condition.

What causes ADHD?

The exact cause of ADHD isn’t fully understood, but it’s believed to result from a combination of the following:


Genetics plays a significant role, as ADHD often runs in families. 

Neurological factors

Brain structure and function also come into play, with differences in certain brain regions and neurotransmitter imbalances. 

Environmental factors

Exposure to environmental factors, such as prenatal tobacco smoke, premature birth, low birth weight, lead exposure, and maternal alcohol or drug use during pregnancy, can increase the risk of developing ADHD. However, these factors alone don’t cause the disorder.

How is ADHD treated?

ADHD is a highly treatable condition, and various approaches can be tailored to an individual's needs:

Behavioral therapy

This involves counseling and teaching coping strategies, time management, and organizational skills. Behavioral therapy is often effective, especially for children.


Stimulant medications like methylphenidate (e.g., Ritalin®) and amphetamine-based medications (e.g., Adderall®) are commonly prescribed. Nonstimulant medications like atomoxetine (Strattera®) may also be used. These medications can help improve attention, focus, and impulse control.

Lifestyle changes

Creating a structured environment, setting routines, and promoting healthy sleep and nutrition can be beneficial.

Parent training

Parents can learn strategies to better manage their child's behavior and provide support.

Education and support

Educating yourself and your family about ADHD can reduce stigma and improve understanding about the condition.

To book an evaluation at Dynmed Primary Care & Wellness, call or click online today.