ADD and ADHD are two mental disorders that usually appear in childhood but may continue into adulthood. Both of these disorders cause children to have trouble concentrating on important tasks at school and at home. However, children with ADHD also suffer from hyperactivity, which also makes it difficult for them to be calm and still.
Scientists believe that ADD and ADHD is the result of a combination of problems, including genetic factors, environmental factors, and developmental problems. Certain characteristics make both of these disorders more likely, including:
Children with ADD or ADHD often experience:
Children who have ADHD may also struggle with:
Some of these symptoms are normal in children. However, children with ADD or ADHD will experience these symptoms continuously or with greater severity. The symptoms will also affect the child’s life significantly.
Before recommending any treatment for ADD or ADHD, Dr. Alexander Grewal will evaluate your child thoroughly to confirm the diagnosis. This process may involve a physical exam, psychological exam, interviews with your child, and interviews with other people in their life.
If Dr. Alexander Grewal confirms that your child struggles with ADD or ADHD, he will recommend treatment options. One of the most common treatments recommended to children with either of these disorders is medication. Medications may cause side effects so Dr. Alexander Grewal needs to be kept informed on any changes, good and bad.
In addition to medications, children with ADD or ADHD may also benefit from behavioral therapy, individual counseling, family counseling, and social skills training. Dr. Alexander Grewal will discuss all of these treatment options with you so you can make the right choice. In many cases, he will recommend a combination of treatments to provide the best possible results for your child.
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