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ADHD in Children

What is ADHD?

Attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity (ADHD) is the most common behavioral disorder of childhood, affecting 3 to 7 percent of school-age children. The three main ADHD symptoms in children include inattention, hyperactivity and a tendency to be impulsive. These traits can lead to difficulties in school, poor interactions with other children and adults, and low self-esteem. Associated disorders can include anxiety, depression, difficult behavior (oppositional defiant disorder), tics and learning disabilities.


Does my child have ADHD?

Who should be evaluated for ADHD or related disorders? Children who exhibit any of the following behavioral characteristics:

  • Academic difficulties
  • Difficulties with attention span or excessive level of activity at home and in school
  • Behavioral difficulties


ADHD Evaluations

The first step for parents seeking care and assistance for their children is a full evaluation by a physician – either a pediatric neurologist or psychiatrist specializing in ADHD. The physician will obtain a detailed medical history and perform a thorough physical and neurological examination.

A consultation with a psychologist specializing in ADHD is usually recommended. This may include an IQ test and evaluation for symptoms of ADHD and other conditions that can be associated or mistaken for ADHD.

Once the evaluation is complete, the physician will meet with the family to discuss and explain results.


Treatment options for ADHD

For children identified as having ADHD or associated disorders, ongoing management and support, may include:

  • Psychological intervention for therapy or behavior modification
  • Treatment with medication
  • Recommendations related to special classes to meet the child’s needs
  • Referral to support groups

 

ADHD Symptoms in Children

If your child exhibits several of these symptoms, he or she may be a candidate for evaluation by a team of professionals. Expand each section for more information.



To make an appointment with a pediatric specialist, please call (786) 624-2778.
Or by email to neuro@mch.com.


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