ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a common neurodevelopmental disorder that begins in childhood. The hallmark symptoms associated with ADHD include,
A child may show one, two or all of these classic symptoms. These symptoms can range widely from child to child, which can make it more challenging to determine whether a child has ADHD or not. For example, one child may have trouble sitting still or may become disruptive in class while another child may have trouble paying attention, be forgetful or not complete school assignments. Both children could have ADHD.
Is Your Child Showing Signs of ADHD? We Offer Treatment In Thornton & Denver, CO
Do you think your child might have ADHD? Many symptoms associated with ADHD are normal childhood behaviors (e.g. fidgetiness, daydreaming or being a bit rambunctious), so if these behaviors only happen occasionally then it’s typically not ADHD; however, if these behaviors occur in all settings, such as school, play and home, and it’s impacting your child’s life and relationships then this is definitely something worth investigating.
When you suspect childhood ADHD it’s important that you have a doctor you can turn to for answers and to shed light on this behavioral disorder. Here at Horizon Pediatric & Primary Care, we provide diagnostic evaluations for everything from ADHD and learning disabilities to behavioral disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
When you turn to our medical team there is the added benefit of having a board-certified pediatrician that also knows how to work with and treat children dealing with a variety of mood disorders, developmental delays, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, behavioral issues and more.
Our pediatric team offers ongoing support, advice and treatment, and we know that one treatment certainly doesn’t fit all children. We work with each individual child to create a treatment plan that will provide them with the best strategies to manage symptoms in order to set them up for personal and professional success.
While all children may at some point have trouble sitting still or paying attention, those with ADHD have a chemical imbalance within the brain that presents as a persistent and debilitating pattern of behavior. These behaviors can include inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. The diagnosis is made based on the child's age and developmental level and his or her symptoms. The symptoms must be present in a variety of settings, and must interfere with daily life.