ADHD Specialist

Elk Grove Pediatrics

Pediatrics located in Elk Grove, CA

ADHD, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is one of the most commonly misunderstood conditions because it blurs the lines between normal, child-like behaviors and a mental disorder. To help bring clarity, Rahat Saied, MD, of Elk Grove Pediatrics specializes in ADHD and ensures that parents in Elk Grove, California, have the tools they need. For more on diagnosing and treating ADHD, call or use the online booking feature.

ADHD Q & A

What is ADHD?

ADHD affects about 8.4% of children in the United States, making it a fairly common mental disorder. There are several types of ADHD, including:

  • Inattentive type
  • Hyperactive/impulsive type
  • Combination 

There’s no known cause of ADHD, but medical researchers believe that genetics may play a role, as children with ADHD often have relatives with the disorder. As well, brain injury and premature birth may also play roles in the development of ADHD.

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

One of the most difficult aspects of ADHD is that it can be hard to parse out whether your child’s behavior is simply that of an overactive or inattentive child, or whether there’s a mental disorder at play.

Because there are different types of ADHD, symptoms differ as well, and include:

Inattentive type

Under this category, your child should display six or more of the following symptoms:

  • Lack of attention to detail
  • Problems staying focused
  • Failure to listen
  • Trouble following instructions (chores, homework, etc.)
  • Organizational problems
  • Easily distracted
  • A propensity to lose or misplace things
  • Avoidance of tasks that require concentration 

Hyperactivity/impulsive type

Under this type of ADHD, your child needs to display six or more symptoms that include:

  • Trouble sitting still
  • Fidgeting
  • Moving (running, climbing, etc.) frequently, and not when appropriate
  • Inability to play quietly
  • Talking too much
  • Interrupting
  • Blurting things out loud
  • A difficulty with waiting their turn or in lines

To wade through the many markers of ADHD, it’s best that you seek the professional counsel of an experienced pediatrician, such as Dr. Saied, who can help you determine whether your child has the disorder.

How is ADHD treated?

If Dr. Saied diagnoses ADHD in your child, it’s important to understand that there’s no magic pill

that will cure the condition. In most cases, and depending upon the severity of your child’s ADHD, Dr. Saied may recommend one or more of the following:

  • Prescription medications, including stimulants, non-stimulants, and antidepressants
  • Behavioral therapy and counseling
  • Special education programs 

In most cases, ADHD can be successfully managed, giving your child the best chances for success as they make their way into adulthood.

For expert ADHD care for your child, call Elk Grove Pediatrics or use the online booking tool to set up an appointment.