ADHD is a well-known disorder that affects about 10% of children. The pediatricians at Tanasbourne Pediatrics in Beaverton, Oregon are helpful at diagnosing and designing successful strategies for overcoming this sometimes perplexing disorder. If you suspect your child is struggling with ADHD and need help you can rely on, call today for an appointment.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral disorder that affects about 10% of all school-age children. Boys are three times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with ADHD. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive, have difficulty focusing, and act impulsively or without thinking.
Although this is pretty typical behavior for a toddler or preschooler, children with ADHD continue to struggle with these issues after starting elementary school. These behaviors can eventually interfere with your child’s ability to develop a healthy social life, succeed academically, and participate in home activities.
Health experts categorize ADHD into three types:
The symptoms vary by type and may include:
It’s important to note that everyone occasionally experiences varying degrees of these “symptoms.” However, children with ADHD experience these symptoms to the extreme and cannot control their behavior even though they want to and understand they should.
Diagnosing ADHD takes the help of professionals. Your child’s teacher may be the first to suggest you talk with your pediatrician about possible ADHD due to certain behavior she sees during the school day.
Your pediatrician then completes a thorough evaluation that typically includes a health check as well as an in-depth assessment of your child’s stress levels, activities at home, social relationships, and a variety of other factors that can affect behavior.
There’s no magic cure for ADHD. The most effective treatment typically includes a combination of medication and behavior therapy. You can also expect your pediatrician to conduct close follow-ups and monitoring since the medications used for ADHD may require changes as your child ages.
It’s also important for parents to actively participate in the treatment plan, and parent education is a necessary component of ADHD management.