ADHD refers to Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder and is a condition characterized by hyperactive behavior and difficulty concentrating. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ADHD affects approximately 6.4 million youth in the U.S. Children and teens with ADHD often experience difficulty in school due to an inability to remain focused, listen to others, and concentrate. Fortunately, treatments are available. The doctors at Downers Grove Pediatrics are your Downers Grove and Bolingbrook, IL, pediatricians for treating ADHD.
ADHD Signs and Symptoms
Several signs and symptoms are associated with ADHD. If your child displays symptoms of ADHD, see a pediatrician for a formal diagnosis. ADHD tends to occur in boys more often than girls, but both can be affected by it. Signs and symptoms associated with ADHD include:
- Hyperactive behavior or excessive fidgeting
- Trouble concentrating or staying focused
- Difficulty paying attention in class
- Difficulty listening to others
- Difficulty staying organized
- Persistent procrastination
- Distracted easily
Treatment for ADHD
ADHD can interfere with your child’s ability to remain focused and on task when needed. The good news is there are many treatment methods available for helping your child manage the symptoms of ADHD. Your Downers Grove or Bolingbrook, IL, pediatrician can develop an individualized treatment plan for your child. Common treatment methods for ADHD include behavioral therapy and medications.
Behavioral therapy is the most common method for treating ADHD. Behavioral therapy involves teaching parents and children affected by ADHD techniques for managing such symptoms as hyperactivity and difficulty concentrating or remaining focused. As an example, providing positive reinforcement to a child affected by ADHD when desired behavior is displayed is one way to promote the continuation of that behavior. When needed, prescription medications can also be used to help improve focus, concentration, and listening.
Many treatment options are available for ADHD. If your child displays symptoms associated with ADHD, a pediatrician can make a formal diagnosis and develop an individualized treatment plan for your child. To schedule an appointment for your child with a Downers Grove or Bolingbrook, IL, pediatrician who treats ADHD, call Downers Grove Pediatrics at (630) 852-4551 for the Downers Grove office or at (630) 759-9230 for the Bolingbrook office.