Are you worried that your son or daughter may have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? The doctors at Town and Country Pediatric Medical Associates in Mill Valley and San Francisco, CA, share information on common symptoms in children with ADHD.
What are the symptoms of ADHD?
The symptoms of ADHD can vary from child to child, but may include:
- Daydreaming and trouble paying attention in class
- Complaints from teachers that your child talks too much, even after being reminded to remain quiet
- Difficulty completing activities if they aren't enjoyable or highly stimulating
- Poor impulse control
- Inability to stay seated at school or constant fidgeting
- Failure to complete or turn in homework
- Trouble with taking turns during games or other activity
- Inappropriate comments at school or in social settings
It's not unusual for children to display one or more of these symptoms from time to time. ADHD is usually only diagnosed if the symptoms began before your child turned 7, have been a problem for longer than six months and affect behavior both at home and in school.
What type of help is available in Mill Valley and San Francisco?
Many schools offer social skills classes that help children with ADHD and other conditions learn important skills, such as taking turns, that will improve the quality of their interactions with other children and help them make and keep friends. Your child may also benefit from behavioral and talk therapies. These therapies can help your child to develop coping skills that can make dealing with ADHD less difficult.
Many children experience dramatic results when they begin taking medication designed to control their symptoms. Keep in mind that medication isn't a one-size-fits-all type of solution. A medication that may work for one child won't help another. Your child may need to try more than one type of medication to find the one that's most effective.
Children with ADHD often suffer unnecessarily when help is available. If you're concerned that this condition may be to blame for your son or daughter's behavioral symptoms, contact Town and Country Pediatric Medical Associates with locations in Mill Valley and San Francisco, CA, to schedule an appointment.