Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects many boys and girls, producing symptoms that may result in poor school performance, difficulty making friends, and problems with family members. The key to overcoming the problems associated with ADD and ADHD is to have an accurate diagnosis and a comprehensive evaluation so treatment can be customized to the child’s needs. At VIPediatrics in Cedarhurst, New York, Dr. David Rosenberg offers advanced, compassionate care for children with ADD or ADHD, using state-of-the-art diagnostic methods for customized, effective care.
ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a medical condition characterized by symptoms such as an inability to pay attention for long periods of time, fidgeting, vocal outbursts and interruptions, difficulty taking turns, excessive talking, impulsivity, and excessive physical activity. Children who have ADHD often have problems staying in their seats at school, focusing on tasks in the classroom and during extracurricular activities. Their vocal and physical outbursts also can interfere with their ability to make long-lasting friendships. While ADHD usually is more common during childhood, it can also occur or persist into adulthood, resulting in problems with work and professional and personal relationships.
ADD stands for attention deficit disorder. ADD is a subtype of ADHD. Patients with ADD share some of the same characteristics of ADHD, but ADD lacks the hyperactivity and impulsivity components that cause restlessness and fidgeting in ADHD. Instead, children with ADD are often characterized as “day-dreamy” and inattentive. Children with ADD are easily distracted and usually exhibit symptoms like problems paying attention or remaining engaged in activities, difficulty following instructions, carelessness or forgetfulness, and problems with organization. Often, children with ADD struggle with homework and fail to follow through on assignments.
The American Psychiatric Association has established criteria to aid in diagnosing ADHD and ADD. Assessments may be made using questionnaires for the child, as well as questionnaires for parents and teachers. To be diagnosed with either ADD or ADHD, a child must exhibit most or all of the behaviors found in the criteria, and the behaviors must be consistent and serious enough to interfere with daily activities like school work or social activities at home or at school. Symptoms can range from mild to moderate to severe, and determining the type and extent of symptoms a child is experiencing can play an important role in establishing and maintaining treatment over time, especially as the child’s needs change.
Both ADD and ADHD are associated with abnormal levels of specific brain chemicals that control impulses and maintain focus and concentration. Most patients with ADD and ADHD benefit from medication to help rebalance these chemicals. Individual or group therapy may also help children overcome negative feelings or behaviors they may have established while helping them ward off feelings of anxiety and depression that may develop over time.
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