About 6.1 million American children have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Although common, without proper diagnosis and treatment ADHD can negatively affect your child’s performance at school. At Fayrouz Pediatrics, with two convenient locations in Paterson and Clifton, New Jersey, board-certified pediatrician Hisham Gadalla, MD, and his caring staff work with children of all ages to diagnose and treat ADHD. To schedule an appointment for, call the nearest office or book online today.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health condition that triggers abnormal levels of impulsive behavior. Children and teenagers with ADHD usually have trouble focusing, paying attention, or sitting still for long periods.
Combined, these factors can make it difficult to succeed in a classroom setting. Fortunately, with prompt diagnosis and treatment, it’s possible to safely manage and treat ADHD through healthy lifestyle changes, prescription medications, and counseling.
The symptoms of ADHD vary from person to person and depend on the severity of the condition. Common indications of ADHD include:
If your child has ADHD, they might also interrupt others frequently during conversation.
There are several types of ADHD. At Fayrouz Pediatrics, the team regularly diagnoses and treats:
Children with predominantly inattentive ADHD have trouble focusing, following instructions, or completing tasks.
Inattentive ADHD is more difficult to diagnose than other types because children with the condition rarely interrupt or cause disturbances in a classroom setting. This type of ADHD is most common in girls.
Children with hyperactive-impulsive ADHD usually display hyperactive or impulsive behaviors. Common symptoms include an inability to wait their turn, interrupting others during conversation, and restlessness or fidgeting.
Some children with hyperactive-impulsive ADHD also experience difficulty paying attention.
Combined inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive ADHD is the most common type of ADHD. It results in a combination of inattentive and hyperactive symptoms.
Children with this type of ADHD usually have abnormally high levels of energy. This extra energy can lead to impulsive behaviors and difficulty focusing, particularly in a classroom setting.
To diagnose ADHD, your child’s pediatrician conducts a physical and neurological exam, reviews their medical history, and asks you questions about their behavior during the last six months.
Feel free to bring in a list of notes or observations about your child’s behavior. This information plays an important role in diagnosis. Your child’s provider uses this information to develop a custom care plan that minimizes symptoms, making it easier for your child to perform at school and in day-to-day life.
Treating ADHD usually includes a combination of behavioral therapy and prescription medication. Behavioral therapy is a type of counseling that can help your child identify and manage their problematic behaviors.
Prescription medications affect brain chemicals, helping your child better control their impulses and actions.
To explore ADHD treatment options for your child, schedule an appointment at Fayrouz Pediatrics. Call the office nearest you or book a consultation online today.