While it may at first seem like a scary or uncertain diagnosis for your child, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD is a manageable disorder with help from your Woodbridge, VA pediatricians. Learn more about ADHD and its treatments with Dr. Oscar Sugastti and Dr. Griselda Meza at AAA Pediatrics.
What is ADHD?
ADHD is a disorder which makes focusing and staying still difficult. While all children present these traits every so often, children with ADHD present them for much longer periods and much more often than children without the disorder. ADHD can affect a child’s school, home and social life if left untreated.
Does my child have ADHD?
There are three types of ADHD: inattentive, hyperactive-impulsive and combined. Symptoms of these types of ADHD include:
- Inattentive: Those who suffer from inattentive ADHD have difficulty staying focused, following instructions, paying attention and listening, frequently make careless mistakes, have a tendency to lose things frequently and are often distracted and forgetful.
- Hyperactive-Impulsive: Those suffering from hyperactive-impulsive ADHD may fidget and squirm more than normal, have a difficult time staying quiet or in a seated position, talk excessively, interrupt often and may have trouble waiting their turn or waiting in line.
- Combined: Those suffering from combined ADHD present symptoms of both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive ADHD. Combined ADHD is the most common form of the condition.
ADHD Treatments in Woodbridge, VA
Diagnosing ADHD requires that a child present behaviors from one of the three types of ADHD before they are 12 and these behaviors are more severe than other similarly-aged children and last longer than six months. Additionally, behaviors must affect at least two areas of a child’s life, such as home and daycare or friendships and school.
Treatment for ADHD often includes medications, often taken several times a day. Behavioral therapy is another treatment option and is often used alongside other treatments to effectively manage ADHD. Alternative treatments like occupational therapy or special tutoring may also help manage ADHD. Your pediatrician can help you determine the best course of treatment for your child and their condition.
For more information on ADHD and its treatments, please contact Dr. Sugastti and Dr. Meza at AAA Pediatrics in Woodbridge, VA. Call (703) 580-6400 to schedule your child’s appointment with your pediatrician today!