ADHD Specialist

Brian C. Hocking, PhD

Psychologist located in Charlottesville, VA

While everyone may daydream or be inattentive from time to time, if your lack of focus and impulsivity causes difficulties at work, home, or school, you may have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Psychologist Dr. Brian C. Hocking in Charlottesville, Virginia diagnoses and treats ADHD with compassionate, supportive care that’s individually tailored to your needs. If you live in the Charlottesville area and want to learn more about ADHD and how to manage your symptoms, contact Dr. Hocking by phone or with the convenient online form.

ADHD Q & A

What is ADHD?

When you have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, your brain interferes with your ability to focus and control your impulses. Although ADHD is usually diagnosed in childhood, many adults have ADHD and don’t know it. If you have ADHD, you may have one of three presentations, which can change over time:

  • Predominantly inattentive: easily distracted, difficulty completing tasks, trouble following conversations, have trouble paying attention to details, disorganized
  • Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive: fidgety and restless, constantly on the go, talkative and interrupts conversations, socially intrusive, inability to delay gratification, may be prone to accidents
  • Combined: exhibits inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive behaviors equally

You’re more likely to have ADHD if you’re male, and men are more prone to the impulsive characteristics of the condition. Often, women with ADHD have the predominantly inattentive type.

How can I tell if I have ADHD?

Dr. Hocking diagnoses ADHD based on a comprehensive evaluation of your symptoms. He also considers when your symptoms first developed, how chronic your behaviors are, and whether or not they impair your daily function.

What causes ADHD?

Researchers haven’t yet found a definitive cause for ADHD. Most medical professionals think that numerous factors may interplay in ways that lead to ADHD. Some risk factors include:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Maternal tobacco and alcohol use during gestation
  • Premature birth or low birth weight
  • Exposure to toxins, such as lead, during gestation or early childhood
  • Brain injury, such as a concussion

How do psychologists treat ADHD?

Each patient with ADHD needs different kinds of support. Dr. Hocking spends time with you, learning about your symptoms and how they affect your life. Through warm and caring support, he builds a plan to help you manage your ADHD.

Dr. Hocking may recommend new lifestyle choices that create a better mind-body balance, such as switching to whole foods and getting more exercise. He also offers cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to give you an outlet for feelings you may be suppressing and to help you find new coping strategies.

In some cases, Dr. Hocking may refer you to one of his medical partners for medications that control your symptoms. He aims to support you as you move toward optimal mind-body health.

If you think you have ADHD, contact Dr. Hocking for a consultation. You can call his office directly or use the online booking form.