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ADHD

ADHD, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, interferes with your child’s education, social relations, and self-esteem. If your child shows signs of ADHD, like difficulty focusing and trouble sitting still, board-certified pediatrician Ahmad Kayass, MD, of Tots N Teens Pediatrics, offers evaluation and treatment for ADHD. If you suspect your child may have this condition, make an appointment at one of the offices in Plano, Mesquite, or Forney, Texas, today. Call or use this website to reach out online.

ADHD Q & A

What is ADHD?

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. 

Why do some children develop ADHD?

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:

  • Premature birth
  • Maternal substance use
  • A blood relative with the disorder
  • Environmental toxin exposure

Know that these factors don’t cause ADHD but make it more likely that a child will develop it.

When should I suspect my child has ADHD?

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:

Forgetfulness

  • Inability to follow instructions
  • Trouble with organization
  • Fidgeting or squirming
  • Avoidance of certain tasks that require focus
  • Interruption of others when they’re talking

Your child doesn’t have to have all these symptoms for ADHD to be diagnosed. 

How do you diagnose ADHD?

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. 

What treatments for ADHD are available?

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.

Tots N Teens Pediatrics
✆ Phone (appointments):
Plano:  972-573-8700
Mesquite:  972-576-7933
Forney:  469-551-5372
✆ Phone (general inquiries):
Plano: 972-867-6880
Mesquite: 972-285-0838
Forney: 469-290-4592
Address: 
4100 W. 15th Street, Suite 100, Plano, TX 75093
1650 Republic Parkway, Suite 120, Mesquite, TX 75150
757 E. US Hwy 80, Suite 240, Forney, TX 75126


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