Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder likely caused by a combination of genetics, environmental issues, and developmental factors.
It makes it difficult for your child to focus on a single task, sit quietly, and follow instructions. ADHD affects 11% of school-age children and can sometimes continue into adulthood.
The exact cause of ADHD isn’t understood, but some children are more likely to develop ADHD than others.
Factors that seem to contribute to ADHD include:
Know that these factors don’t cause ADHD but make it more likely that a child will develop it.
Common symptoms of ADHD include distractibility, inattention, distractibility, and impulsivity. Hyperactivity is another common sign in some children.
Have your child evaluated for ADHD if you notice repeated instances of:
Your child doesn’t have to have all these symptoms for ADHD to be diagnosed.
Dr. Kayass reviews your child’s health history and performs a thorough physical exam. He’ll consult with you and caregivers and/or teachers to discuss behavior. He’ll rule out other possible conditions, like anxiety or a learning disability, before diagnosing ADHD.
Medications can help your child control their symptoms but are only prescribed when necessary. Dr. Kayass carefully monitors your child while on these medications to ensure they don’t suffer unwanted side effects. Doses and types of medication are adjusted several times to find the right solution.
Behavioral therapy, family therapy, and psychotherapy are essential parts of treating ADHD. Dr. Kayass customizes your child’s treatment to ensure they get the most effective and supportive care possible.
If you’re concerned about your child’s behavior and ability to focus, contact Tots N Teens Pediatrics today to schedule an ADHD evaluation. Call one of the offices or use this website to reach out.