The Many Faces of ADHD - Dr. Nick Schwartz

Health Writer

Dr. Nick Schwartz began his medical career in the Emergency Room. Although he found satisfaction in being instrumental in helping to heal broken and battered bodies, he found that this type of medicine did not allow him to develop long lasting relationships with his patients. Dr. Schwartz wanted to help people to create a better life for themselves.

And so, Dr. Schwartz turned to psychiatry. In working with individuals on an ongoing basis, and working with them on specific struggles within their lives, Dr. Schwartz is able to realize his goal. He is able to help people change their lives. Their lives may be better because of their relationship with him. Their lives may be taking on new direction, different than the direction they were heading before they met him. And that is what Dr. Schwartz finds completely satisfying about his work. It is fulfilling when he sees what his patients have been able to accomplish and in watching and being a part of their progress.

Attention Deficit Disorder is complex and fascinating. It is multi-faceted, although there are certain symptoms that can be improved, it is the emotion behind those symptoms, for example the anxiety or depression, that Dr. Schwartz works with to help his patients improve their lives. It is this very multi-faceted aspect of ADHD that drew Dr. Schwartz to specialize in helping adults with ADHD. About one half of Dr. Schwartz's patients were diagnosed with ADHD as children, the other half did not understand some of their behaviors or struggles as ADHD until becoming adults.

Dr. Schwartz uses a traditional type of approach in treating ADHD. Most of his patients take medication, he finds the medication helps patients to get the most out of treatment. In addition to medication, Dr. Schwartz uses psychotherapy and behavioral therapy, depending on the specific needs of each individual person.

Anxiety is one of the most prevalent problems Dr. Schwartz sees in addition to the ADHD. He feels that having to live with thoughts of having forgotten something important, constantly running late or worrying about missing important details in conversations causes a great deal of stress. According to Dr. Schwartz, anxiety is more the rule than the exception in adults with ADHD. He works hard with his patients to help them develop strategies for dealing with the anxiety.

Dr. Schwartz offers the following advice to adults with ADHD:

  • Seek treatment, lives are improved every day when adults with ADHD seek help for issues they are dealing with on a daily basis.

  • Look for someone that specializes in ADHD. Learning to treat ADHD is not something that you can learn from a book or from seeing a few patients that may have ADHD. It is something that is learned from intensive experience. Doctors and medical professionals specializing in treating ADHD have that experience to draw on.

  • Find a professional you feel is a good match. Spend some time talking with a prospective doctor to find out their views on treatment and patient care. Make sure their views are closely aligned with your own.

Finally, Dr. Schwartz wants adults with ADHD to "Allow yourself to hold on to hope." There are obstacles in life that can cause people to feel a sense of hopelessness and holding on to the hope that life can be better is one of the most important things an adult with ADHD can do.