Attention Deficits Specialist

Ryan Rifkin, NP -  - Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

NP Psychiatry

Ryan Rifkin, NP

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner located in Chelsea, New York, NY

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the condition best known for causing attention deficits. But many psychological disorders and challenges can affect your ability to pay attention. At NP Psychiatry in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner Ryan Rifkin, NP, specializes in identifying the reason for attention problems and developing a treatment plan that helps to overcome challenges and find success in life. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, call the office in New York City today or connect using the online booking feature. Telepsychiatry visits are available.

Attention Deficits Q & A

What are attention deficits?

Attention broadly refers to the ability to focus when you’re expected or need to concentrate on the task at hand. Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD is known for the hallmark symptom of inattention. However, ADHD isn’t the only problem that causes attention deficits.

Other psychological conditions that may affect your ability to pay attention include:

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Hyperactivity and impulsivity
  • Disruptive disorders
  • Conduct disorders

Some of these conditions make you focus on everything around you, distracting you from paying attention to one thing. Others cause an intense focus on one subject to the exclusion of paying attention to anything else.

Mental health conditions may leave you without the energy to focus. Or they can make you too restless or defiant to pay attention.

How does ADHD cause attention deficits?

There are two primary types of ADHD: primarily inattentive and primarily hyperactive-impulsive. There is also a combination form of ADHD, which includes symptoms from both of the primary types.

Impulsivity and hyperactivity cause problems with attention as you’re always on the go and have a hard time staying in your seat at school or work.

The inattentive symptoms of ADHD include:

  • Missing details
  • Not listening
  • Making careless mistakes
  • Having trouble staying focused
  • Not completing tasks or chores
  • Struggling to organize tasks
  • Failing to meet deadlines
  • Avoiding things that demand mental effort
  • Frequently losing things

People with ADHD often have poor working memory. This part of your memory holds multiple pieces of information in your head but only for a short time. A poor working memory affects your ability to pay attention.

How are attention deficits treated?

The treatment for an attention deficit depends on the underlying cause. During your first appointment, your board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at NP Psychiatry does a comprehensive psychological evaluation to accurately diagnose attention deficits.

Treatment for most conditions that cause attention deficits features a two-pronged approach that includes psychotherapy and medication.

Stimulant medications are often the first line of treatment of ADHD because they improve attention and treat hyperactivity. However, there are many medications for treating each different condition.

Just as there are numerous medications to consider, the conditions that cause inattention can significantly improve with an array of therapies that target different aspects of attention deficits.

If you struggle with ADHD or have any attention deficit challenges, call NP Psychiatry, or schedule an appointment online.