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More than 6 million children in the United States are affected by the symptoms of ADHD and many more remain undiagnosed. To better understand your child’s behaviors, the Westside Pediatrics team offers comprehensive diagnostic services and treatment for ADHD at their office in Katy, Texas. The medical staff focuses on improving your child’s overall health and successes at home and school to ensure they enjoy the highest quality of life possible. Schedule an ADHD evaluation today using the online booking feature or by calling the office for a same-day evaluation.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a medical condition that affects your child’s self-control and makes it difficult for them to pay attention or sit still.
The root cause of ADHD isn’t well understood, but the condition may develop due to developmental issues in the brain. Your child may also be at increased risk for ADHD due to genetics, especially if they have a parent or sibling with the condition, or because of exposure to environmental toxins such as lead.
ADHD can interfere with your child’s success at school, home, and in social situations. The most common symptoms of ADHD include:
ADHD can make it difficult to focus on tasks at home or concentrate on schoolwork. Children may have difficulties following directions or staying organized. They may appear forgetful or absent-minded frequently.
Hyperactivity causes children to always feel restless or act fidgety. Kids with ADHD often struggle to sit still or be quiet for any length of time. Some children may have a tendency to play very rough or to engage in risky behaviors, like climbing or jumping.
Impulsivity affects how your child acts, often causing them to do things before they think them through. Children with impulsivity issues often interrupt people when they’re talking or have intense emotional reactions that aren’t logical for the situation.
As a result of these symptoms, your child may also have learning difficulties or delays, mood swings, and anxiety.
If your child exhibits such behaviors at home, school, or in other situations, it’s important they receive a comprehensive evaluation to determine if ADHD is a factor.
Diagnosing ADHD starts with a full medical evaluation, including a physical exam and a review of your child’s personal and family health history. The Westside Pediatrics team also assesses your child’s condition through a series of questions about their behaviors.
The staff may request information from your child’s teachers and other caregivers to learn more about their behaviors in different situations.
Your child’s treatment plan for ADHD depends on the severity of their symptoms and the impact they have on your child’s life.
Working with a professional therapist can help your child learn the skills necessary to cope with their feelings and behaviors. Your Westside Pediatrics provider can also work closely with your child’s school, other caregivers, and your family to ensure you have the resources necessary to help your child thrive.
Your child may benefit from medications that stimulate the brain to improve their self-control, concentration ability, and restlessness.
Your provider offers continued support and guidance throughout your child’s treatment for ADHD.
If you have concerns about your child’s behaviors or risk factors for ADHD, schedule a consultation at Westside Pediatrics today using the online booking or by calling the office.