Diagnosing & Treating ADHD & ADD Online

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common conditions among children. While children without the condition can certainly be fidgety and restless at times, ADHD/ADD is diagnosed when these symptoms occur frequently and to a degree that they interfere with the child’s functioning or behavior at home and in school.

Inattention can include a variety of symptoms including, but not limited to:

  • Easily distracted
  • Forgetful
  • Trouble with organization

Hyperactivity and impulsivity can include a variety of symptoms as well, but are not limited to:

  • Always on the go
  • Squirming in their seat or fidgety
  • Difficulty waiting for their turn

During a consult with TelaCare your therapist will ask you a series of targeted questions to determine if your symptoms point to ADHD/ADD. Then your provider will proceed to determine the best treatment plan for you. Your provider may recommend in-person examination by a specialist if this is needed. Your treatment plan is based on the duration, severity of symptoms and your child's medical history. Questions about work, home environment and habits may also be discussed.

Once a diagnosis has been made, the clinician will determine the best treatment plan and go over the risks and benefits of the various interventions. Depending on the cause and severity of ADHD/ADD, the treatment plan may include:

  • Medications that can be helpful for treatment*
  • Team activities
  • Strategies for restful sleep
  • Establishing simple and predictable routines
  • Education about how diet can affect ADHD symptoms

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See below for answers to some of our most common questions. You can also call us anytime 24 hours a day at 1-800-317-0280 to speak to a medical professional about your symptoms or conditions.



 What is the difference between ADD and ADHD?

ADD stands for attention deficit disorder, while ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The “H” in ADHD is when hyperactivity is a symptom. Adults will typically not express hyperactivity and only have the attentional issues.


 What is Telepsychiatry?

Through the TelaCare website or mobile app, you can speak to a therapist from the privacy and comfort of your own home to address common behavioral health challenges. TelaCare's therapists do not have the ability to prescribe medications for the treatment of diagnosed mental disorders. They will refer to you psychiatrist in your area who can prescribe medication if is necessary.

 Are there any natural remedies for ADHD?

Despite some theories about diet (nutritional imbalances, mineral deficiencies, etc.) and supplementation, there are not any proven natural remedies.

 Is my online doctor visit private and secure?

Yes, we feel it is of utmost importance to maintain patient privacy and keep information secure. TelaCare is designed to be a private, secure, HIPAA-compliant tool that allows you to safely and confidentially consult with a doctor online.


 Can I get a prescription online?

Yes, in general you can get a prescription online. There is support for this nationwide, however there are several exceptions. 


 What is online therapy?

With the TelaCare web or mobile app, you can speak to a therapist, anytime, anywhere to address common behavioral health challenges, from the privacy and comfort of your own home. TelaCare's online therapy services are available nationwide and include a network of more than 650 therapists, social workers and other mental health disciplines with a wide variety of specialties.

 What medications are there for ADHD?

Stimulants (e.g., Ritalin, Dexedrine) are effective for treatment of ADHD/ADD, but they are controlled substances, which cannot be prescribed online. Other medications include Strattera, clonidine and other options, which are not controlled substances and can be prescribed online.

 What is the difference between a therapist and psychiatrist?

A patient would see a psychiatrist for medication management and a psychologist for talk therapy. Sometimes the best form of treatment is a combination of both talk therapy and medication management. Psychiatrists and therapists are each able to evaluate a person to determine whether one or both treatments approaches are necessary, and can make recommendations based on their assessment.


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