Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental disorder that affects many children, often continuing into adulthood. The condition is characterized by symptoms like inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.
Researchers categorize ADHD according to symptoms:
Kids with this type of ADHD have a hard time staying on task. They often forget instructions or can’t complete assignments or chores. They become easily distracted and have trouble following conversations.
Kids with this type of ADHD often find it hard to sit still. They tend to fidget when they can’t move freely, and often climb, run, and jump at inappropriate times or places. They may also have problems assessing risk and can act in ways that place them at risk of harm.
Kids with this type of ADHD exhibit behaviors from both inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive ADHD.
It’s important to note that all children occasionally behave in these ways. The difference in children with ADHD is that these behaviors persist and usually present problems at home, in school, and during social settings.
In many cases, a teacher or caregiver is the first person to notice that a child’s behavior falls outside of the norm for their age. If an adult who is close to a child notices any of these symptoms, your child may have ADHD:
While some children may occasionally exhibit some of these symptoms and not have ADHD, if you notice your child showing multiple of these symptoms often, it may be time to schedule an ADHD evaluation at the Children’s Clinic. We utilize best practices for diagnosing ADHD including feedback from Vanderbilt assessments completed by parents and teachers to best understand your child’s symptoms in multiple environments.
Advancements in ADHD research have led to numerous new therapies. In years past, kids with ADHD did not have access to a wide range of resources.
Medication may play a role in your child’s treatment plan, but drug therapy should never be the first or preferred option. Behavioral therapy offers the opportunity for your child to improve their skill sets. Every child with ADHD had a unique experience, and customized therapy is always the best approach.
The team at the Children’s Clinic can help you and your family navigate an ADHD diagnosis. If you’re concerned about your child’s behavioral health, reach out to the Children’s Clinic for professional diagnostic evaluation. Call to schedule an appointment or request one online.