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 affects about 8.4% of children in the United States, making it a fairly common mental disorder. There are several types of ADHD, including:
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.
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:
Under this category, your child should display six or more of the following symptoms:
Under this type of ADHD, your child needs to display six or more symptoms that include:
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.
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:
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.