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Dr. Hege provides treatment and diagnoses for patients with a variety of conditions. Read more about each area below, and please contact us to take the next step toward improving the quality of your life.

ADHD and ADD

ADHD and ADD in adults may be shown to have one to a combination of hyperactive episodes, with periods of inattention and deficits in ability to effectively focus on a task or activity. Right now adult women in their 20s and 30s are in the fastest growing population of those receiving treatment for ADHD/ADD. In addition, more and more previously undiagnosed parents with ADHD/ADD are finding proper treatment significantly improves their consistency with discipline, problem solving during conflict situations, and being able to provide praise and a positive home environment. While there is no cure, receiving the correct diagnosis and treatment for adult ADHD or ADD will allow you to take advantage of your strengths while minimizing the negative impact that ADHD/ADD symptoms may have on your life.

Depression

The diagnosis of depression is also known as major depression, major depressive disorder or clinical depression. Approximately 3 out of 10 U.S. adults are affected by depression with new research documenting there are multiple triggers, such as chronic stress, which show depression has more deeply rooted causes than previously thought. Common symptoms of depression include loss of interest in life, feeling sad, helpless and hopeless, as well as sleeping too much or not being able to get enough sleep. Those with depression may also complain of lack of energy, general body aches and pains, difficulty with concentration or decision making, as well as having poor ability to make it through their regular daily routine and activities. Depression left untreated leads to emotional, cognitive and physical problems that affect not only the patient’s life, but the lives of family, friends, and co-workers.

Panic & Anxiety Attacks

Panic and anxiety attacks usually come on abruptly within a span of a few minutes and may last for hours, days and weeks. Thousands of suffers may first hear they have a panic or anxiety disorder when they are in the ER for what they felt was a heart attack. Panic attacks mimic several types of medical disorders including heart disease, severe angina, respiratory distress, as well as disrupting the normal functioning of the body’s organs. The diagnosis of panic attack includes the occurrence of several symptoms which include heart palpitations, chest pain or discomfort, shortness of breath, numbness and tingling of arms, legs or body parts, fear of dying, sweating or chills, GI issues, as well as numerous other complaints.

Bipolar Disorder

The diagnosis of having true bipolar disorder is often misdiagnosed as patients typically do not seek out help until they are in the depressed phase of their bipolar cycle. The doctor may see the patient’s depressed state and incorrectly prescribe treatment medication for depression. In patients with bipolar disorder manic episodes alternate with the emotional lows, or depressive episodes. Many typically experience dramatic mood swings from emotional highs to emotional lows. Bipolar disorder is a biological illness that requires lifelong treatment with specific medications. An accurate diagnosis is critical as misdiagnosis can adversely impact a patient’s and their family’s lives for up to a decade, if ever, before the proper diagnosis is made.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD is most often seen as a “war-time” disorder; however, PTSD is a serious disorder that affects more than 30 million adults in the U.S. who have not experienced military action but have experienced a situation or event that was traumatic to them. In addition women are twice as likely as men to have PTSD with symptoms that may last for weeks and months, with the symptoms typically making you feel worse with the passage of time. The three main symptoms reported for PTSD are 1) re-experiencing the traumatic event over and over in your mind, 2) avoidance of any reminders of the event and feeling “numb” to emotion, and 3) increased anxiety and emotional turmoil.

Addictions

Addiction to prescription and over-the-counter drugs has shown a dramatic increase in ER visits with addiction to “legal” medications now exceeding all of those addicted to cocaine, heroin, hallucinogenic drugs and inhalants combined. Addiction is a chronic brain disease that has numerous episodes of relapse into abuse which can continue for years until proper treatment and medication become managed by an experienced professional. The ongoing abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs by adults leads to actual physiological changes in the function and structure of the brain. Suboxone and Subutex are some of the available treatment to help fight the opioid epidemic.

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