If you’ve noticed your child is disruptive and defiant, has trouble concentrating, has difficulties getting along with others, and seems easily distracted, they have ADHD.
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a common behavioral disorder that is identified when a child displays a consistent pattern of inattention or hyperactive-impulsive behaviors that interfere with functioning or development.
Inattention: Wanders off when trying to complete a task, trouble staying focus, and is disorganized
Hyperactivity: Seems like they are constantly moving – including in situations in when it is appropriate – such as in the classroom
Impulsivity: Does not think a decision through, specifically in situations which could have a potential for harm
While environmental factors can contribute to the onset of ADHD, they don’t appear to trigger ADHD by itself. Researchers are not sure of the exact cause of ADHD in children, but studies indicate that a combination of genetics and environment could be a stimulant.
For children with ADHD, inattention, impulsivity and difficulty concentrating is more severe, happens more often, and interferes with how they function socially and at school. If you recognize the following symptoms in your child, and they persist in disrupting life for at least 6 months, your child may have ADHD.
While it’s normal for a child’s attention to wander at times, children with ADHD frequently:
Children’s hyperactivity-impulsivity may show as:
Scheduling a visit with an experienced pediatric neurologist who has the experience and knowledge to diagnose ADHD properly. ADHD is a clinical diagnosis that uses guidelines set by the American Academy of Neurology. Once your child completes an ADHD evaluation – a pediatric neurologist will determine the best treatment for your child.
A wide range of treatment options are available for ADHD. The options your doctor recommends will depend on your child’s condition.
Complete Neurological Care has dedicated pediatric neurologists and offers treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including ADHD. If you believe your child has ADHD, schedule an appointment today. Our expert neurologists are located in Queens, Downtown Manhattan, Midtown Manhattan, Long Island, Upper West Side, the Bronx, and New Jersey.