Did you know that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is among the most common neurodevelopmental disorders in children? For families in and around Annandale, Virginia, who are concerned about ADHD or looking for resources, the team at Annandale Pediatrics is here to help. Reach out by phone to book an appointment, or try the fast and easy online scheduling tool.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a mental health condition that causes behavioral challenges in children. While adults can also be diagnosed with ADHD, the diagnosis is usually made during childhood.
Researchers are uncertain of the exact cause of ADHD but believe that genetics and neurological differences play causal roles. Brain structure and hormonal balance might also contribute to ADHD.
Doctors categorize ADHD into several types, depending on the behaviors a child exhibits. It is important to understand that a child with ADHD might display traits from more than one category.
Children with this type of ADHD often struggle to listen to or follow directions, pay attention, or keep track of personal belongings. They might have a hard time organizing daily tasks, and they are often forgetful. Some seem to be frequently daydreaming.
Children with this type of ADHD can find it hard to sit still or play quietly. They might seem to be constantly in motion, and will often climb on things or run around when their peers are more sedate. Some kids with hyperactivity seem to have excessive energy levels.
Kids with this type of ADHD find it challenging to wait their turn. They might blurt out replies or answers, even after being reminded to raise their hand or wait to be acknowledged. Many kids with impulsivity interrupt others while speaking, or take toys from other kids without asking permission.
It should be noted that all of these behaviors can be a normal part of being a kid. It can be difficult to determine if a child’s behavior is a result of ADHD. For many families, the concerns of teachers or caregivers are better indicators that the child’s behavior is far from the norm for their age.
While there is no cure for ADHD, treatment can help your child live a healthy and rich life. The first step is working with a skilled pediatrician to determine if ADHD is the proper diagnosis.
Medication may play a role in treating your child’s ADHD, but drug therapy is never the sole treatment approach. Behavior modification therapy and psychotherapy can help teach your child how to manage frustrations and emotions, and how to choose behaviors that are more in line with the expectations at home and at school.
Family support is also an essential part of treating ADHD. At Annandale Pediatrics, your child’s physician works with you and your partner to help you give your child the support and guidance needed to thrive. That process begins by scheduling an appointment online or over the phone.