Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly called ADHD, is a common childhood condition. While some people are diagnosed with ADHD in adulthood, it's far more commonly diagnosed in the early childhood years and in school age children. There are 3 basic kinds of ADHD. In type 1 ADHD, the young patient has problems with their attention span, but they don't exhibit characteristics of hyperactivity or impulsivity. In type 2 ADHD, the child has symptoms of hyperactivity and has a tendency towards inappropriate impulses, but doesn't have trouble with their concentration. In type 3 ADHD, the child has symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsivity, and an inability to pay attention in class or at other times. ADHD is a condition that can be challenging for both children who suffer from it and their families, especially the parents. If ADHD isn't properly managed, life at both school and home can be frustrating and unhappy. Today, there are many ways that the team of pediatric care providers at Guardian Angels Health Center can help their patients deal with ADHD and all of its symptoms effectively.
There isn't currently 1 single test to diagnose ADHD. A complete evaluation by a pediatrician can be the best way to rule out other conditions, diagnose co-existing conditions, and make the ADHD diagnosis. Because issues like learning disabilities, depression, or anxiety can cause similar behaviors, the pediatrician makes sure to consider all possible causes. Academic behavior, social behavior, and all symptoms are taken into account before an ADHD diagnosis is made. The pediatricians use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) diagnostic criteria to make an ADHD diagnosis once a thorough evaluation has been made.
The treatment of ADHD often includes more than one type of therapy. Medication has a high success rate in ADHD management in children, but proper use of the medication is critical. Parents must make sure that children take their medication regularly to get optimal symptom relief. Behavioral therapy, counseling, and education can all play a role in ADHD management today as well. The pediatrician and parents can work together to deal with ADHD in children as successfully as possible.