Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is a brain disorder that is marked by:
People with ADHD find it difficult to concentrate or remain focused on a task even if they comprehend it.
Hyperactivity is usually marked by fidgeting, the inability to keep still, and excessive talking.
This side of ADHD refers to taking action, often on the spur of the moment, without thinking it through. In the search for instant gratification, these behaviors can often lead to negative consequences.
One of the reasons ADHD is so commonly misdiagnosed, especially in children, is that it’s often confused with typical behaviors. Take, for example, a child’s inattention. It’s common for children to lose interest in activities thanks to a naturally limited attention span.
To differentiate ordinary inattention or hyperactivity, a trained professional such as Dr. Pajel-Sio ensures that the behaviors meet the following characteristics and that they are:
Diagnosis of ADHD requires a comprehensive evaluation that Dr. Pajel-Sio performs at her practice, sometimes in collaboration with a mental health professional, if needed.
The treatment for ADHD varies from patient to patient depending on the severity of their condition. For mild cases, Dr. Pajel-Sio typically recommends behavior modification exercises that work well to correct disruptive behaviors.
For more moderate to severe cases, Dr. Pajel-Sio may turn to either:
It’s important to note that these medications aren’t cure-alls. Behavior modifications and education go a long way toward helping patients manage the disorder.
Stimulant medications prescribed for ADHD come with a host of concerns, such as abuse and side effects. Dr. Pajel-Sio closely monitors all her patients who take these medications with regular urine screening and frequent check-ins to evaluate improvement.
With children, Dr. Pajel-Sio also involves parents and teachers to ensure that the child is responding well to treatment and whether any adjustments are necessary.
To learn more about managing ADHD, call Dr. Pajel-Sio or book an appointment online.
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