ADHD Specialist

Russell Surasky, FAAN, ABPM -  - Mental Illness & Addiction Treatment

Russell Surasky, FAAN, ABPM

Mental Illness & Addiction Treatment located in Great Neck, NY

Recent studies show that anywhere between 5 and 11% of children in the United States have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). And adults aren’t immune, with an overall rate of 4.4%, though only 20% are seeking help. No matter the age, Dr. Russell Surasky, FAAN, ABAM, ABPM, has the tools necessary to help offset the symptoms of ADHD that can impact your life, or the life of someone close to you, in significant ways. To learn more about treating ADHD, call Dr. Surasky’s Great Neck, New York, office or use the online scheduler.

ADHD Q & A

What is ADHD?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by the inability to pay attention and control compulsive behaviors and, in many cases, the inability to sit still for any length of time.

ADHD most commonly develops in children between the ages of five and seven, and it can continue on through adulthood. While there’s no identifiable cause of ADHD, researchers believe that the following play a role:

  • Genetics
  • Smoking or drinking during pregnancy
  • Environmental toxins
  • Brain traumas

ADHD is commonly misdiagnosed, which is why it’s important that you seek the help of Dr. Surasky to determine whether the disorder is present so that you or your loved one can begin an effective treatment plan.

What are the signs of ADHD?

ADHD involves many different components, which means it can be hard to tell the difference between an overly active child (or adult) who’s easily distracted and one who suffers from ADHD. The most common signs of ADHD are:

  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Overactivity or restlessness
  • Compulsive actions

Under these three headings lie a host of behaviors that are telltale signs of ADHD:

  • No attention to detail
  • No organizational skills
  • No follow through
  • Losing track of things
  • Forgetfulness
  • An inability to listen
  • The inability to sit still — fidgeting and squirming
  • Overly talkative
  • Frequent interrupting

Again, many children and adults display some degree of these behaviors, which is why it’s important to see Dr. Surasky to figure out if ADHD is at the root of the problem.

How is ADHD treated?

The treatment for ADHD depends upon the degree of the condition. After a thorough evaluation, Dr. Surasky may recommend stimulants, which work well to control many aspects of the disorder. While it may seem counterintuitive to treat hyperactivity with a stimulant, these medications stimulate dopamine in order to increase attention and thinking.

As well, some antidepressants have been shown to have a positive impact on some of the behaviors associated with ADHD.

Outside of medication, Dr. Surasky uses behavioral therapies, stress management techniques, and education to help his patients effectively control their ADHD.

For help with ADHD, call Dr. Russell Surasky or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.