What is ADHD?
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic condition that affects millions of children and can continue into adulthood. Children with ADHD have an unusually difficult time concentrating, sitting still, paying attention or controlling impulsive behavior. Symptoms are divided into two groups: inattentive behaviors and hyperactive or impulsive behaviors. Generally, children with ADHD diagnosis have a combination of both types of symptoms.
Inattentive symptoms of ADHD include:
- Difficulty following instructions
- Forgetful or losing things
- Doesn't seem to be listening, even when spoken directly to
Hyperactive or Impulsive symptoms of ADHD include:
- Extreme impatience
- Trouble staying in place or waiting their turn
- Excessive talking or interrupting
There is not a singular diagnostic test for ADHD, however, psychological evaluation can assist in determining if a child has ADHD. Children with ADHD may present with other challenges such as anxiety, depression or disruptive sleep patterns.
ADHD can be managed with the right treatment. There are many types of therapy available and the treatment plan will depend on the individual child and their family. Our clinicians will oftentimes work with parents or caregivers, healthcare providers, teachers and coaches to ensure holistic support for you and your child.