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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is a condition that appears commonly in children. This condition makes it difficult for children to focus on important activities, such as schoolwork. The symptoms of ADHD vary but may include an inability to pay attention, inability to sit still, impulsive action, and poor grades in school.
If a parent suspects that his or her child may be showing signs of ADHD, Dr. Nahas will begin the evaluation by asking questions about the child's symptoms. Dr. Nahas will also spend some time with the child to observe his or her behavior. During this time, Dr. Nahas will look for the signs of ADHD while also attempting to rule out other conditions, such as depression or anxiety. Dr. Nahas uses the Connor Questionnaire as a tool to determine whether a child can be properly diagnosed with ADHD,
In many cases, Dr. Nahas will prescribe medication to children with ADHD, keeping in mind the guidelines of the Connor Questionnaire to make sure the appropriate medications and dosages are administered. Some of the most common medications used for this purpose include stimulants, non-stimulant ADHD medication, and anti-depressants. Children with ADHD may also respond to specific types of therapy. In addition, Dr. Nahas will provide parents with access to educational and supportive resources that they can use to help their children cope with symptoms.
Many children have trouble sitting still or focusing on a single task for extended periods of time. However, if a child is more easily distracted or more hyperactive than most other children of the same age, a visit to the doctor may be necessary. Parents should also consider making an appointment with a doctor if the child's schoolwork begins to suffer, if the child is in trouble frequently, or if the child's teacher suggests that the child may have ADHD. Children who have already been diagnosed with ADHD should keep all follow-up appointments with Dr. Nahas to ensure that treatment is as effective as possible.
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