ADHD does not equal B-A-D

August 14, 2013

Have you ever known someone with ADHD? At times ADHD can be minimized to a joke. But for those suffer from ADHD it is no laughing matter. Anyone who has struggled with ADHD or knows someone who does understands it can take a toll on them mentally, emotionally, intellectually and even physically. Being that the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce sole mission is to promote and improve our community and local businesses, we get to meet a lot of wonderful businesses. This past week we were able to be a part of a One Year Anniversary! Focus MD Birmingham invited Vestavia Hills, Hoover and Mountain Brook Chambers to participate in their One Year Celebration. The One Year Anniversary celebrates that they started their services from the ground up and toiled through months of getting regular clients, and now the first year is over. They can take a deep breath and look forward to many more to come.

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 FOCUS MD is a medical office for children and adults with ADHD and related issues. Focus offers testing, medical treatment and even behavior modification strategies. True ADHD is a neurological condition involving neurochemical receptors. There is density of brain tissue and in the areas of the brain responsible for attention and impulse control. In order to determine if a patient has ADHD, Focus MD utilizes a system called Qb Test. It was developed in Sweden and most recently has been used in the US. Tonya Wallace, Administrative Assistant at Focus MD Birmingham explained, “It is an FDA cleared objective, computerized test which takes measurements for the three markers of ADHD (Attention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity) using infrared reflectometry and an age-adjusted continuous performance test.” Depending on how old the patient is, depends upon the length of the test. After the test is completed, the scores are then compared with normalized patients of the same age and gender. The test is not just used for evaluation and diagnosis but also, medication management. Focus MD of Birmingham Dr. Moore is then able to take these results to match the correct treatment for each patient.

 A huge frustration for people being tested for ADHD is if their diagnosis comes not negative. At FOCUS MD It is their goal to help you whatever the diagnosis entails. Wallace explains, “If Dr. Moore evaluates a patient and determines that their results are not consistent with ADHD, she then tries to determine what other avenue might be most beneficial towards finding that patient appropriate help. From there we provide the patient/parent with a list of referral sources that feel may be able to help, rather than sending them out the door with no diagnosis AND no direction.” If the diagnosis does in fact reveal ADHD or other relating issues, Focus MD wants patients to know “ADHD” does not equal “B-A-D.” The general public often views children who have difficulty concentrating or act out, as children who lack discipline or who have uninvolved parents. Wallace explains “a child with ADHD cannot voluntarily control their brain chemistry any more than a diabetic can voluntarily control his/her blood sugar.” Focus MD ultimately strives to be a place where patients can receive proper, closely monitored medication treatment to ultimately have the best long term outcomes.

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We could not be happier to have celebrated with Focus MD Birmingham for their first year of business! We are thankful for their impact and knowledge they’ve relayed onto our community and those in need. If you would like any more information please go to: https://www.focus-md.com/locations/?office=Birmingham