Dr. Kimberly Frank: The Biopsychosocial Approach to ADHD

While popular media often claim to uncover the “cause” behind attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), most psychologists understand that social, psychological, and biological factors must be considered in its etiology. The biopsychosocial view of the disorder suggests that certain genetic risk factors can cause people to become susceptible to developing the disorder. Although less common, the cognitive changes present in individuals with ADHD have also been linked to developmental abnormalities in the brain before and after birth. Moreover, the symptoms of ADHD are often exaggerated by unstructured environments.

Simplistic views of ADHD usually result in equally simple treatment methodologies. By taking the biopsychosocial view of ADHD, physicians can treat the disorder through environmental and behavioral changes rather than relying solely on medication. A holistic approach addresses the causes rather than only treating the symptoms.

About Dr. Kimberly Frank:
A Diplomate for the National Board of Medical Examiners, Dr. Kimberly Hammes Frank has nearly two decades of experience treating adolescents and children as a psychiatrist. She currently provides outpatient psychiatric services through the Aurora Behavioral Health System in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.