Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders affecting American children today. At AMS Neurology in Pasadena, California, leading pediatric neurologist Charles Niesen, MD, is an ADHD expert with more than 20 years of experience in managing the condition effectively. He develops a long-term plan for optimal ADHD treatment so your child can live a productive and happy life. Call the office or book your child’s consultation through online scheduling now.
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects up to 9% of all American children. The disorder occurs when a child’s brain develops and functions differently, leading to issues with attention and self-control.
Symptoms of ADHD can vary. There are three types of ADHD, including:
Inattentive ADHD causes difficulty focusing and concentrating. This type of ADHD was called ADD until 1987, and some people still refer to it that way. A child with inattentive ADHD often has trouble focusing in school, completing tasks at home, or following directions.
Hyperactive-impulsive ADHD causes difficulty sitting still, staying quiet, or remaining calm. Children with this type of ADHD often feel restless and may have the urge to constantly run, climb, or be active in other ways. Many children with this type of ADHD also act impulsively, including interrupting conversations, outbursts at school, or grabbing toys from others.
Children with combined ADHD have symptoms of both inattentiveness and hyperactivity or impulsivity.
If your child has any of these symptoms or if they’re having other difficulties, schedule an appointment at AMS Neurology to get an accurate diagnosis.
The AMS Neurology specialists carefully evaluate all aspects of your child’s health to determine the exact reason for their behavior.
The diagnostic process includes evaluating their intellectual function, language processing, learning, memory, and many other aspects of their health to arrive at an accurate diagnosis.
ADHD treatment depends on the type of ADHD, how it affects your child’s life, and other factors.
There are a broad range of ADHD medications available for children today. Medication can help your child feel more in control, enable them to focus better, and improve their quality of life.
In addition, your child’s provider may recommend behavioral therapy, school modifications, and changes at home to help your child function better.
Up to 60% of children with ADHD also have another disorder, such as a learning disorder, autism, or Tourette syndrome. Your child may need additional specific treatment for co-existing disorders.
Regardless of what challenges your child faces with ADHD, AMS Neurology is here to help them thrive at home, in school, and in every aspect of their life. They offer 24/7 phone service to answer questions and provide information.
Call AMS Neurology or click on the online scheduler to arrange your child’s appointment with a caring specialist now.