Michael Lara, MD

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ADHD services offered in Belmont, CA

Are you or your child experiencing trouble focusing or bouts of impulsivity that are causing your life and work to suffer? Michael Lara, MD, is dedicated to treating ADHD, which can affect patients of all ages. The disorder is known to limit attention spans and cause issues in work, school, and relationships. But ADHD can be treated in various ways. If you are suffering from the disorder and seeking support, Dr. Lara offers both pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments at his office in Belmont, California. Schedule your appointment by calling the office or booking online today. 


What is ADHD?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, otherwise known as ADHD, is a mental disorder that affects both children and adults. Its symptoms are often identifiable early on in children who cannot keep focus, are hyperactive, and experience disruptive impulses in their school settings and tasks. It’s estimated that 2.5% of adults and 8.4% of children are diagnosed with ADHD. 

While the exact causes of ADHD are still being researched, studies show several probabilities for the development of the disorder. Genetics, environmental factors, and issues with the central nervous system during early development are all considered possible causes. 

What are the types of ADHD and symptoms?

ADHD has two types: inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive. Patients may be diagnosed with one or both. The following symptoms commonly occur for each type:

Inattentive type:

  • Issues with attentiveness 
  • Problems with staying focused during work, school, or during conversations
  • Trouble completing or organizing tasks, or not following through 
  • Can often misplace or lose materials or objects needed in daily life 
  • Poor time management and multitasking skills 

Hyperactive/impulsive type:

  • Restlessness when required to stay seated or focused  
  • Issues with playing quietly with others or relaxing when asked to
  • Frequent mood swings and hot temper 
  • Has trouble waiting to speak in conversations or a school or work setting 
  • Struggles with patience when it comes to interrupting others, sharing toys, waiting in line, or when working in a team setting 
  • Issues with stress and coping mechanisms 

Dr. Lara can help determine which type of ADHD you have and develop a treatment plan to help you manage your symptoms effectively.

What are the treatment options available?

If any of the above symptoms are disrupting your life and work, there are a number of both pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment options. 

After a physical exam and a psychological evaluation of your symptoms, Dr. Lara can diagnose the best approach for your needs. Medication such as stimulants may be prescribed, which boost and balance levels of brain chemicals. 

Psychotherapy and counseling can educate patients on skills that increase happiness and functionality in work, social, and school settings. 

While there is no cure for ADHD, there are a number of ways to manage your symptoms for a more focused, satisfying, and successful future.

To schedule an appointment, call Micahel Lara, MD, or request an appointment online today.