All children get restless, energetic, and have trouble sitting still at times. So, it’s important for parents to keep an eye on their child’s behavior and recognize when there could be something else going on. Their behavioral issues could stem from attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
If you think your child may have ADHD, Gina Labovitz, MD, FAAP, at Ross Bridge Medical Center Pediatrics in Hoover, Alabama, can help you get answers. If your child has ADHD, the sooner they get diagnosed, the sooner they can get on a treatment plan that can help them function better in their daily lives.
What is ADHD?
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is a condition that’s characterized by a variety of behavioral and developmental issues, which can manifest at home and at school. Furthermore, it may affect them throughout their lives if not managed. For example, they could have difficulty maintaining relationships, have low self-esteem, or turn to drugs and alcohol.Your child may have ADHD if they have some of these signs:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty sitting still
- Easily distracted
- Intense mood swings
- Impulsive behavior
- Lack of care about their own safety when they get excited
- Problems listening or following directions
The only way to know if your child has ADHD is to bring them to see Dr. Labovitz. Through a series of physical, neurological, and psychological tests, she can make an accurate diagnosis and get them help if needed. Treatment may include a combination of medication and behavioral training.
The three types of ADHD
Here are the three types of ADHD and what they entail:
1. Inattentive-distractible type
Children who have this type of ADHD may have a hard time paying attention or focusing, may often make mistakes on their homework, and be distracted quickly. They may also misplace or lose things often.
2. Hyperactive-impulsive type
This is the least common type of ADHD. Signs include talking a lot, an inability to sit still, continually interrupting others who are speaking, continually squirming and fidgeting, and an overabundance of energy.
3. Combined type
This type of ADHD is a combination of the other two types mentioned above. It’s the most common type. Children with this kind of ADHD may be impulsive, hyperactive, inattentive, and easily distracted.
It may be hard to tell which type of ADHD your child may have if they have a number of these characteristics. However, Dr. Labovitz can examine your child and let you know if your child needs extra attention. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Ross Bridge Medical Center Pediatrics today.