ADHD Specialists located in Midtown Manhattan, New York, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn and Rego Park, Elmhurst, NY

Hyperactivity services offered in Midtown Manhattan, New York, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn and Rego Park, Elmhurst, NY

Hyperactivity is best known for being one of the core symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but ADHD isn’t the only possible cause. The experienced team at Beyond ADHD helps people learn to manage hyperactivity at their offices in three New York City neighborhoods: Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn Heights in Brooklyn, and Elmhurst and Rego Park in Queens. Don’t wait to seek treatment for hyperactivity that disrupts your days or sabotages your life. Call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.

What is hyperactivity?

Hyperactivity generally refers to being excessively or constantly active in ways that are inappropriate for the time and place. More specifically, it relates to physical or muscular (motor) activity. Your thoughts can also be overactive, a condition referred to as racing thoughts rather than hyperactivity.

What causes hyperactivity?

For starters, there are a few things that don’t cause hyperactivity, namely bad parenting, poor discipline, and lack of intelligence. People who are inappropriately hyperactive are not being purposefully defiant, contrary, or annoying.

Your natural personality may give you a tendency toward hyperactivity. Some people are naturally outgoing and feel energized when they’re active, stimulated, and engaged with others. In some cases, this built-in tendency can lead to hyperactivity.

Hyperactivity is one of the core symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a condition caused by differences in brain structures and neurotransmitters. However, having ADHD doesn’t always mean you’re hyperactive. People diagnosed with inattentive ADHD have few or no hyperactivity or impulsivity symptoms.

Hyperactive behaviors are also found in several mental health disorders, even if they don’t have hyperactivity as a symptom. For example, manic episodes in people with bipolar disorder are defined by an increase in energy and activity. Obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, autism, and some personality disorders may also cause hyperactive behaviors.

What are the symptoms of hyperactivity?

The symptoms of hyperactivity include:

  • Difficulty sitting still; driven to be on the go
  • Frequently squirming or fidgeting
  • Needing to stay physically active (even when you should be sitting still)
  • Interrupting conversations or activities already in progress
  • Being unable to relax or engage in quiet activities
  • Difficulty waiting to take your turn
  • Talking excessively
  • Feeling restless

Hyperactivity also makes it hard to pay attention and focus.

How is hyperactivity treated?

The Beyond ADHD team begins by reviewing your symptoms, learning about your hyperactivity, and completing a psychiatric evaluation to determine your diagnosis. Your customized treatment plan targets the cause of your hyperactivity.

If your hyperactivity is associated with ADHD, stimulant medications can help restore calm and reduce hyperactive behaviors. Other mental health disorders may also need different medications. Additionally, most hyperactive people benefit from therapy that helps them change behaviors and learn skills for managing hyperactivity.

You can learn to overcome hyperactivity with help from the team at Beyond ADHD. Call the nearest office or request an appointment online today.