ADD and ADHD services offered in Denver, CO


The inability to pay attention, focus well, or sit still for long periods may indicate attention-deficit disorder (ADD) or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). At Colorado Cares Psychiatry in Denver, Colorado, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner Carrie Radding, PMHNP-APN, and her team diagnose and offer treatments for ADD and ADHD to help you thrive at work, in school, and during everyday activities. Schedule an in-person or telepsychiatry evaluation by phone or request one online today.

ADD and ADHD Q & A

What are ADD and ADHD?

ADD and ADHD are mental health challenges that cause difficulty when focusing, sitting still, or staying on task. 



ADD is characterized by problems paying attention (inattention), particularly at work or in school. It can cause disorganization, frequent daydreaming, and lack of focus.



ADHD has the same symptoms as ADD with the addition of hyperactivity, which is difficulty staying calm or sitting for long periods.

While ADD and ADHD are commonly diagnosed in childhood, teenagers and adults also struggle with such disorders.


What are the symptoms of ADD and ADHD?

ADD and ADHD can cause the following symptoms:

  • Inattention
  • Disorganization
  • Impulsive behaviors
  • Interrupting other people
  • Poor work or school performance
  • Lack of sitting still
  • Always being in motion
  • Not finishing tasks to completion
  • Losing items easily
  • Low self-esteem
  • Financial challenges
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Low frustration tolerance 
  • Difficulty multitasking

ADD and ADHD can make it difficult for you to thrive. Fortunately, treatment with the Colorado Cares Psychiatry team can diminish unpleasant symptoms and help you stay focused.


What may increase my risk of ADD and ADHD?

Factors that may increase your or your child’s risk of developing ADD or ADHD include a family history of ADD or ADHD, maternal substance misuse, being born prematurely, or being exposed to lead or other toxins as a baby or child. However, the exact causes aren’t entirely clear.


How does my provider diagnose ADD and ADHD?

To diagnose ADD or ADHD, the Colorado Cares Psychiatry team discusses your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle. During a psychiatric evaluation, they ask about you or your child’s mood, thoughts, and emotions during a psychiatric evaluation. They may gather information from other family members or teachers to get a deeper perspective before tailoring a treatment plan.

Colorado Cares Psychiatry also uses GeneSight® testing to determine which medications likely best match your situation and genetic makeup.


How are ADD and ADHD treated?

To treat your condition, the Colorado Cares Psychiatry team may recommend making lifestyle changes, undergoing counseling, or taking medications that make it easier to sit still or pay attention. It’s often helpful for people with ADD or ADHD to keep a calendar, make to-do lists, and use other measures to stay organized and on task.

Follow up with your provider whenever needed for a prescription refill, in-person counseling, or telepsychiatry services to properly manage ADD or ADHD.

Schedule an in-person or telepsychiatry evaluation at Colorado Cares Psychiatry by phone or request one online today to be screened or treated for ADD and ADHD.