ADHD Treatment in Children
By Downers Grove Pediatrics
July 28, 2022
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: ADHD   ADHD Treatment  

Downers Grove Pediatrics has a skilled team of dedicated pediatricians to help you and your child. If you're concerned your child is displaying signs of ADHD in Downer's Grove, IL, or Bolingbrook, IL, we can help with diagnosis and treatment.

What is ADHD?

Every child has trouble staying on task sometimes, so how do you know if it's something more? ADHD, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, affects your child's ability to focus on tasks and activities. ADHD has three main symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattentiveness. Every child is different and you do not need to display all three in order to have ADHD, but typical symptoms of children with ADHD include the following:

  • Easily distracted
  • Impulsive
  • Hyperactive
  • Trouble staying focused or paying attention
  • Disrupting classroom activities
  • Starts chores or tasks but doesn't finish them
  • Disorganized
  • Forgetful
  • Difficulty sitting still
  • Makes careless mistakes
  • Doesn't seem to listen

ADHD ends up interfering with school performance and social interactions and affecting your child's entire life. If your child exhibits several or all of these symptoms, come see us in Bolingbrook, IL, for a screening test.

Treating ADHD

There is not a physical test or a specific diagnostic test for ADHD. Instead, a screening test for ADHD is more like a thorough interview. Depending on the child's age, an in-depth evaluation of the child's history will involve input from the parent or caregiver and observation of the child's behavior.

There is no cure for ADHD but symptoms can be managed with a combination of medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy. For very young children family therapy may be recommended. ADHD often occurs with other conditions like anxiety and depression that also benefit from therapy. With appropriate treatment and your support, your child's school and social life can improve.

Downers Grove Pediatrics is here when you're concerned about your child. Our team of pediatricians is dedicated to treating children and giving your child a positive experience. Contact us for an appointment in Bolingbrook, IL, at (630) 759-9230, and in Downers Grove at (630) 852-4551.