New Beginnings Pediatrics
Pediatrics located in Glendale, AZ
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can affect your child’s behavior and ability to get along at school and in social interactions elsewhere. At New Beginnings Pediatrics in Glendale, Arizona, pediatrician Aashima Bansal, MD, can collaborate with you to help your child manage ADHD symptoms. Learn more about ADHD and available treatments by calling New Beginnings Pediatrics for an appointment or booking your visit online today.
ADHD Q & A
What is ADHD?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that is very common in school-age children and can last for the rest of their lives. However, the symptoms tend to lessen with age for many kids.
If your child has it, the condition can affect their performance in school as well as their ability to focus during activities at home and in other places.
There are two primary types of ADHD and a combined type that includes signs and symptoms of both of the primary types. The first, which is characterized by inattention, makes it hard for your child to focus or pay attention. The second, which includes more hyperactive symptoms, makes it hard for your child to sit still.
Dr. Bansal can diagnose all types of ADHD in children of all ages at New Beginnings Pediatrics. If you have any concerns about your child’s performance in school or their behavior, she can evaluate them with a medical exam, questionnaires, and the official ADHD criteria in the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
What are some possible signs of ADHD?
Symptoms of ADHD vary among children and according to the specific type of ADHD they have. Your child’s behaviors, often indicative of ADHD, might include:
- Frequently distracted
- Careless mistakes
- Trouble listening
- Extreme impatience
- Talking a lot or interrupting
- Excessive fidgeting
- Trouble with turn-taking
- Lots of running and movement
While some of these behaviors are common in many children, even without ADHD, you should come to New Beginnings Pediatrics if they’re holding your child back in any way or interfering with their performance or relationships.
Excessive behaviors like these can impede a child’s home or school life. However, if your child only struggles in school and not at home or only at home and not in school, there may be other causes worth exploring.
How can I manage my child’s ADHD?
Managing ADHD is possible for children of any age and even adults, though the condition does not have a cure. After evaluation, Dr. Bansal works with you and your child to create a plan that involves:
Medications classified as stimulants can help children manage symptoms of ADHD by balancing the chemistry in their brains. Other medications, like antidepressants, are also available for ADHD but are not quite as fast-acting.
For most mental health and neurodevelopmental conditions, behavioral therapy is a highly effective component in treatment. Counseling, psychotherapy, and family therapy can all help reduce your child’s symptoms.
Lifestyle and home management
Educational services may be available at your child’s school to help boost their performance and ability to focus. In the home, you should keep a regular schedule for your child, practice reasonable discipline, nourish your child’s self-esteem, and show plenty of affection.
To schedule an ADHD evaluation for your child at any age, call New Beginnings Pediatrics, or request an appointment online today.