ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder in children. When left untreated, it can make it particularly difficult for your child to socialize and do well in school, and can add unnecessary stress to your home life. At Prospect Pediatrics, PA, in Belleville, New Jersey, esteemed pediatrician Gloria Okoh, MD, has a long history of successfully identifying and treating ADHD in children. Call or book an appointment online today, and let Dr. Okoh relieve your child of the burden of ADHD.
ADHD is a chronic condition that makes it difficult for children to pay attention, sit still, and exhibit self-control. While all children struggle with focus and self-control during their developmental years, children with ADHD don’t exhibit much improvement in these areas, even as their peers begin to hone these skills with help from parents and teachers.
Children with ADHD show symptoms from any combination of three different categories:
Kids who suffer from inattention are easily distracted, often lose things, don’t always seem to be listening, have problems organizing daily tasks, make careless mistakes, don’t pay attention, and find it difficult to follow directions and finish tasks.
Kids who exhibit hyperactivity have a hard time sitting still and playing quietly. They frequently fidget and squirm, talk excessively, and are always on the go. Their actions can be disruptive to others, often unintentionally.
Impulsive kids generally act before thinking. They might interrupt others, blurt out answers, and do things without asking for permission. They might also have a hard time waiting their turn, take risky actions, and have excessive emotional reactions to situations.
The cause of ADHD is not entirely clear, but it does tend to be hereditary. Some researchers theorize it’s a result of certain chemical imbalances, or particular conditions that might affect the development of a child’s brain, such as an injury, exposure to lead toxins, or poor health during pregnancy due to nutritional deficiency, infections, smoking, drinking, or substance abuse.
Contrary to some mistaken beliefs, ADHD is not caused by too much sugar, food allergies, poor parenting, bad schools, or too much screen time.
Dr. Okoh will first give your child a medical checkup to ensure that their symptoms aren’t being caused by something else, such as a hearing or vision issue. After that, she’ll assess their behavior, health, and activity to determine whether or not to proceed with ADHD treatment. She might ask for you and your child’s teacher to fill out some behavioral checklists to get further information.
There are a number of ways to treat ADHD, such as:
Dr. Okoh has had great success in treating patients with ADHD, and with her help and guidance, your child will finally be able to find relief from their symptoms.