ADD/ADHD Specialist

Commonwealth Medical Center

Primary Care & Urgent Care located in Arlington, VA

If you are having trouble focusing, sitting still, or making decisions, it’s possible that you are suffering from ADD/ADHD. To find out, bring them into the Commonwealth Medical Center for an evaluation. The team at Commonwealth Medical Center, located in Arlington, Virginia, is kind, compassionate, and extremely knowledgeable. Get started with them today by booking an appointment over the phone or online.

ADD/ADHD Q&A

What is ADD/ADHD?

ADHD (sometimes called ADD) or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is a chronic neurological condition that causes you to display a pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity and impulsivity. Those with ADHD find that the disorder disrupts their everyday activities, making it difficult to stay on task.

The term “attention-deficit” refers to inattentive behavior. When plagued by this symptom of ADHD, you will have trouble focusing, staying on task, staying motivated, and being organized.

Hyperactivity is marked by behaviors that help dispel excess energy, such as:

  • Fidgeting
  • Constant moving
  • Tapping
  • Constant talking


Often children with ADHD display this behavior at inappropriate times, such as during class. Adults with ADHD also display hyperactivity as extreme activity and/or restlessness.

In the context of ADHD, impulsivity means making decisions or taking actions without thinking them through or considering the consequences. These choices often pose a high-risk level to both the person making the choices and the people to whom they’re connected, such as a spouse.

What approaches diagnose ADD/ADHD?

During this evaluation, they will consider things like:

  • Your symptoms
  • How long the symptoms have been occurring
  • If the symptoms are impairing function or development
  • If you have any other conditions that could be leading to the symptoms
  • Your age when the symptoms began


Based on this evaluation, your doctor will decide whether or not to offer a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD.

What approaches treat ADD/ADHD?

Among the most common ADD/ADHD treatments are stimulant medications, such as Adderall®️, CONCERTA®️, and Ritalin®️. Medications such as these work by stimulating the brain’s production of norepinephrine and dopamine, which help with thinking and attention.

Depending on your specific needs, doctors offer alternatives including:

  • Nonstimulant medications
  • Antidepressants
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Family and marital counseling
  • Social skills training
  • Stress management techniques training
  • Support groups


If you suspect that you or a loved one may be suffering from ADD/ADHD, reach out to the caring team at Commonwealth Medical Center. Book an appointment online or over the phone today.