ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment

ADHD

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Children with ADHD have trouble paying attention and controlling their impulses.

If you are concerned that your child is showing symptoms of ADHD, please contact the office to speak first to a triage nurse. They will gather some information and then speak to your child’s physician.

An evaluation in the office would consist of assessing  your child's behavior. A full medical history will be needed to put your child's behavior in context and screen for other conditions that may affect behavior.  Your pediatrician also will talk with your child about how your child acts and feels (your child must be present at the visit) and perform  a physical examination.

The process requires several steps and involves gathering a lot of information from multiple sources. You, your child, your child's school, and other caregivers should be involved in assessing your child's behavior.  Your pediatrician will guide the assessments needed to evaluate your child. (AAP -Healthy Children.org)

Medication

If a medication is prescribed by your pediatrician, we will need to see your child routinely for medication follow up appointments. Starting medication or changing to a new medication may require monthly follow up appointments until a therapeutic dose is reached. After that time, we will see your child about 3-4 times per year if age 12 or under and twice a year if age 13 or over. One of these visits may be combined with the annual checkup.

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