Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD refers to a group of conditions that affect focus, attention, productivity, personal control, and the ability to sit still.
While causes of ADHD are not entirely clear, it affects 3-12% of school-aged children. It appears to be more common in boys than in girls and may run in families. Adults can also be diagnosed with ADHD.
A child with ADHD commonly exhibits symptoms in 3 areas:
* does not seem to listen
* can’t attend to details
* is forgetful
* fidgets and squirms
* has difficulty playing quietly
* talks or moves excessively
* blurts out answers
* can’t wait their turn
Of course, we see these symptoms in all children at one time or another, but children with ADHD exhibit them persistently (over at least 6 months) and in at least two settings in ways that disrupt age-appropriate functioning.
ADHD is not easy to diagnose and can be confused with conditions such as depression, anxiety, learning disabilities, sleep disorders, and others. It is important to work with professionals experienced with ADHD and include observations from parents and teachers.
It is also important to obtain the correct lab tests to look for nutritional deficiencies that can be corrected with diet and supplementation. Nutritional deficiencies can also contribute to ADHD and conditions with similar symptoms. Lab testing can help identify the deficiencies and they can be corrected with diet and supplementation.
Because the symptoms of ADHD are sometimes subtle, your child should be diagnosed by a professional. Dr. Standing works with child psychologists to be certain the diagnosis is correct before proceeding.
Traditional treatment for ADHD is a combination of medications and behavioral therapy. Dr. Standing takes an integrative approach to treating ADHD, avoiding medications unless absolutely necessary. Treatment modalities are individualized and typically include:
If you suspect that your child may have ADHD, or you have a child already diagnosed and you are looking for different treatment modalities, contact us today for a free dinner talk reservation to learn more. Dr. Standing works with children and families through comprehensive 4 to 6 months programs, helping them manage ADHD in a way that treats the whole person and acknowledges factors that may be contributing to ADHD. Her goal is to mentor you in finding ways to allow your child to naturally grow and blossom.
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