As many as 6.1 million children in the United States struggle with ADHD. To ensure your child receives an accurate diagnosis and the right treatment, Theresa Shouse, MD, and the pediatric team at Pediatric Associates of Plano offer comprehensive ADHD services. At their office in Plano, Texas, on the campus of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, the skilled physicians take a compassionate approach to diagnosing behavioral issues that may indicate
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a medical condition that affects your child’s ability to control impulses, pay attention, and stay still for an extended period of time.
ADHD symptoms can have a negative impact on your child’s success at home, school, and in social situations and may result in them having low self-esteem or mental health issues, like depression and anxiety.
Children with ADHD can experience a variety of symptoms that vary in severity from child to child. In general, some of the most common signs of ADHD include:
Inattentiveness makes it difficult for children to stay focused on tasks, like schoolwork and chores. It can also cause kids to be disorganized and not be able to follow through with directions.
Impulsivity involves acting without thinking, causing children to interrupt conversations, take part in risky behaviors, or do things without asking.
Hyperactivity makes it difficult for children to sit still. Kids may also fidget, complain of boredom, or appear restless.
While many of these behaviors are normal for young children, ADHD-related behaviors may occur more frequently and be more severe. To distinguish between normal behaviors and ADHD, it’s advisable to schedule a full health evaluation at Pediatric Associates of Plano as soon as possible.
During your child’s evaluation, your Pediatric Associates of Plano provider first reviews your child’s overall physical health to ensure no underlying health issues are contributing to their behaviors.
Your pediatrician also discusses your child’s symptoms and the effect their behaviors have on them at school, at home, and in other situations. They may request more information from your child’s teachers and other caregivers.
Through a series of age-appropriate questions with your child, your pediatrician can better understand what your child is experiencing. They can also evaluate your child’s general mental health since ADHD can cause side effects such as depression and anxiety.
The treatment plan for ADHD depends on the severity of your child’s symptoms and their overall health. Initially, your pediatrician may recommend behavioral therapy that helps your child learn coping skills to deal with their impulsiveness and other ADHD-related issues. Therapy can also provide families with the resources they need to help their child thrive despite their disruptive behaviors.
The staff at Pediatric Associates of Plano can also provide guidance for the school and other organizations that interact regularly with your child to ensure they have the support they need when away from home.
For some children with severe symptoms of ADHD, medications can be useful for helping to regulate brain activity and better control risky, impulsive behaviors. Your provider can discuss the risks and benefits of different medications during your appointment.
If you have concerns about your child’s behaviors, schedule an ADHD screening at Pediatric Associates of Plano today by using the online booking system or calling the office.