Children are often active, fidgety, and distracted. But, if they don’t grow out of these behaviors, they could be exhibiting signs of ADHD.
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder diagnosed in children that often lasts into adulthood.
At Tots N Teens Pediatrics, we provide comprehensive evaluations and treatment plans for ADHD and help parents become better equipped to handle this diagnosis. Here are the most important things you should know about ADHD:
ADHD is characterized by a wide range of ongoing behavioral patterns that include:
For easier diagnosis, the American Psychological Association has classified ADHD into three categories:
With this type of ADHD, children have a hard time focusing on tasks and completing them. They are unable to follow instructions, pay attention to details, or organize things. They easily forget things and tasks, but they’re not disruptive.
Children with this type of ADHD are impulsive and hyperactive in nature. They can’t sit still in one place. They will fidget, squirm, and talk endlessly. They will make important decisions rashly without thinking about long-term effects. They’re more likely to make mistakes and have accidents.
Children with this type of combined ADHD exhibit symptoms of both ADHD types.
To diagnose ADHD, professionals follow a series of comprehensive evaluations. They also look at a child’s health history, past behavior patterns, and conduct interviews with parents before the final diagnosis.
The treatment for ADHD generally involves behavior therapy, medication, or both. There is no permanent cure for ADHD but following a routine and a healthy diet helps with the symptoms.
If you want to know more about ADHD and available treatment plans, contact Tots N Teens Pediatrics to schedule an appointment.