What is ADHD?
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders affecting children. Behaviors displayed often include the inability to stay focused, acting out impulsively and periods of hyperactivity.).
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Symptoms may include inattentiveness, impulsivity and hyperactivity. Any active child can display symptoms similar to those associated with ADHD, but most do not meet the criteria needed for a diagnosis of ADHD. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) outlines criteria that must be met for diagnosis including specific symptoms displayed over defined lengths of time that can be categorized by severity.
HOW IS IT DIAGNOSED?
If you suspect that your child might have ADHD, make an appointment with an Esse Health Child Psychiatrist. Diagnosing a child with ADHD requires a thorough examination to rule out other causes, to determine if other co-existing conditions may exist, and to evaluate the social, academic, emotional and developmental level of your child.
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT OPTIONS?
Your Esse Health Child Psychiatrist will work with you and your child to devise a comprehensive plan of care. This may include behavioral and psychological therapy as well as medication, each based on your child's specific needs.