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Attention Deficit Disorder
Attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficient/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is marked by inability to focus attention, impulsive behavior and, sometimes, agitation or restlessness. The disorder is usually diagnosed in children. Some of its symptoms resemble other medical conditions or problems, and individuals who have these symptoms do not necessarily have ADD/ADHD.
Diagnosis is based on a detailed history, observations and psycho-educational testing. It may involve physical, neurological and psychological evaluations.
Treatment may include medications, including psychostimulants and newer non-stimulant medications, as well as psychosocial treatments, including behavior management and coping skills. Your doctor can explain the advantages and disadvantages of various treatment options.
ADHD is a condition of the brain that makes it difficult for children to control their behavior. It is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood. It affects 4% to 12% of school-aged children. About 3 times more boys than girls are diagnosed with ADHD.
Children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder have behavioral problems that are so frequent and severe that they interfere with their ability to live normal lives. ADHD includes three groups of behavior symptoms: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. It is normal for all children to show some of these symptoms from time to time. Not all children with ADHD have all symptoms. If your child has shown symptoms of ADHD on a regular basis for more than 6 months, discuss it with your pediatrician.
Your pediatrician will determine whether your child has ADHD using standard guidelines devolped by the American Academy of Pediatrics. These diagnostic guidelines are specifically for children 6 to 12 years of age, but could be applicable for younger or older children.
There is no single test for ADHD. The process requires several steps and involves gathering a lot of information from multiple sources. In additon to looking at your child's behavior, your pediatrician will do a physical and neurologic examination.
As a parent, you will povide crucial information about your child's behavior and how it affects her life at home, in school, and in other social settings. Once the diagnosis is confirmed, the outlook for most children who receive treatment for ADHD is very encouraging.
If you are concerned that your child may be exhibiting symptoms of ADHD, please call our office.
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