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.

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

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:

  • 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.