ADHD Handout

Understanding attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is an important stepping getting treatment that is right for your child.  Researchers are learning more about ADHD and how to control symptoms to help children with ADHD.

What is ADHD?

ADHD is a medical condition. It is one of the most common childhood behavioral disorders, affecting the lives of approximately 7.8% of school-aged children. ADHD is a condition that is believed to be caused by an imbalance of 2 naturally occurring chemical messengers in the brain.

ADHD may result in difficulties with:

 

Inattention Hyperactivity Impulsivity
  • Often has a hard time paying attention, daydreams
  • Often does not seem to listen
  • Is easily distracted from work or play
  • Often does not seem to care about details, makes careless mistakes
  • Frequently does not follow through on instructions or finish tasks
  • Is disorganized
  • Frequently loses a lot of important things
  • Often forgets things
  • Frequently avoids doing things that require ongoing mental effort
  • Is in constant motion, as if “driven by a motor”
  • Cannot stay seated
  • Frequently squirms and fidgets
  • Talks too much
  • Often runs, jumps, and climbs when this is not permitted
  • Cannot play quietly
  •  Frequently acts and speaks without thinking
  • May run into the street without looking for traffic first
  • Frequently has trouble taking turns
  • Cannot wait for things
  • Often calls out answers before the question is complete
  • Frequently interrupts others

 

Importance of Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis and treatment of ADHD symptoms may help your child sit still and focus during class.  Teachers, Coaches, and Friends may finally be able to see your child the same way your do.  In order to diagnose ADHD, your child’s doctor may:

Conduct an examination to rule out other possible conditions that may be causing symptoms that look like ADHD

-Take a family history, since ADHD tends to run functioning

-Look at your child’s school, home, and social functioning

-Speak with your child’s teacher

-Use diagnostic tools to help determine whether your child as ADHD

 

Family Matters

When someone in your family had been diagnosed with ADHD, it’s possible that there are other family members with the disorder. That’s because ADHD may be inherited.

Results from clinical studies show:

– In one study, 57% of children were reported to have ADHD when one of their parents was diagnosed with the disorder.

– Results from another study found of a child that was diagnosed with ADHD, there was 29% chance a parent had ADHD, and a 21% chance a sibling had ADHD.

For many adults, it’s only when their child is diagnosed with ADHD that they realized they may have ADHD as well.  Only then do these adults recognize the symptoms of ADHD and the impact it has on their work, family, and social lives.

 

Experts agree that the best treatment for ADHD involves a combination of behavioral and organizational strategies, and medication.  Talk to Dr. Eisner today about a treatment plan that may be right for your child to control the symptoms of ADHD and help your child.