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Dymphna San Diego TMS, Inc.

Board-Certified Adult Psychiatry and Neurology & Board Certified Internal Medicine located in Chula Vista, CA

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that can affect your behavior, activity level, and ability to focus. Typically diagnosed during childhood, ADHD is a chronic condition that often continues into adulthood. Though symptoms vary and change over time, ongoing treatment may help prevent other mental health issues such as depression. Ernest de Guzman, MD, Benjamin Gross, MD, and the experienced providers at Dymphna San Diego TMS, Inc., in Chula Vista, California, specialize in diagnosing and treating ADHD. To schedule a consultation, call the office, or book an appointment online today.


What is attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

ADHD causes ongoing problems that affect a person’s ability to control impulses, stay focused, or sit still, interfering with normal function and development. These problems usually appear during childhood.

Researchers theorize that genetics play a significant role in the development of ADHD. Brain injury, exposure to environmental toxins, and premature birth may also increase a person's risk for ADHD.

What are the types of ADHD?

Hyperactivity, impulsive behaviors, and difficulty focusing are the primary symptoms of ADHD. However, your provider categorizes your ADHD into a type based on the most dominant symptom, which includes:

Inattentive type

People with inattentive ADHD may have a hard time staying organized or following instructions. Difficulty focusing and forgetting to do things that are part of a daily routine are also common symptoms of inattentive ADHD.  

Hyperactivity-impulsivity type

Fidgeting, excessive talking, and engaging in risky behaviors are common symptoms in people with hyperactivity-impulsivity ADHD. 

Combined type

Combined type means your inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity symptoms are equal.  

How is ADHD diagnosed?

There’s no single test or tool that diagnoses ADHD. When you visit Dymphna San Diego TMS, Inc., your provider conducts an in-depth evaluation to determine the right diagnosis to explain your symptoms. 

Many of the symptoms associated with ADHD are similar to other mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety. Additionally, when left undiagnosed and untreated, ADHD may cause depression and anxiety. 

During your exam, your provider reviews your symptoms, when they started, and how they affect your daily life. They also ask questions about your physical and mental health history, as well as your family history. 

How is ADHD treated?

Your provider at Dymphna San Diego TMS, Inc., develops individualized treatment plans to manage your ADHD. Treatment typically includes:


Stimulant medication is the primary treatment for ADHD. These medications increase dopamine and epinephrine in the brain, which improves attention and focus. 

For patients that can’t tolerate stimulant medication, your provider may suggest non-stimulant medicines to alleviate symptoms.   


Psychotherapy focuses on helping you and your family manage your ADHD symptoms and improve overall functioning.

Dymphna San Diego TMS, Inc. also offers transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy with the BrainsWay® treatment system. This non-invasive treatment uses magnetic energy to activate neural activity in your brain and alleviate symptoms.

For comprehensive care of your ADHD, call Dymphna San Diego TMS, Inc., or book an appointment online today.

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Accepted Insurances

Dymphna San Diego TMS accepts VA, Medicare and PPO. Click on “View full list of companies” to see a list of commonly accepted insurances. For specific insurance plan inquiries, please contact the office .