Does your child have difficulty concentrating in school or does he or she always seems to be moving? Do you as an adult have trouble keeping things organized or completing tasks before getting distracted? In some cases, these symptoms may be linked to a condition known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. If you suspect you or your child has ADHD, see a primary care physician for diagnosis and treatment of ADHD at Riverview Health in Noblesville, IN and surrounding areas.
ADHD is a common mental health concern. It affects about 3-5 percent of children in the United States, more often boys than girls, and can run in families and continue through adulthood.
There are three forms of ADHD:
Predominantly inattentive children often go unnoticed, sitting quietly but not listening to details, following instructions or finishing tasks. Hyperactive-impulsivity tends to be more noticeable because of increased movement and talking.
A pattern of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity is the main sign of ADHD, but this condition can be demonstrated very differently in children and adults. Children with ADHD often have symptoms like:
Many adults don’t know they have ADHD, but can trace symptoms back to childhood. ADHD symptoms in adults can include:
No matter your age, there are several treatment options for people with ADHD. Medication is a common treatment, which may involve stimulants like amphetamine or methylphenidate. Those with ADHD often try behavioral therapy, which involves learning how to avoid distractions, control behavior or improve organization skills.
Parents and teachers can play a huge role in helping children manage ADHD. Talk to our primary care specialists about behavioral interventions that can be used to help your child.
To learn more about treatment for ADHD, find a primary care provider at a Riverview Health location near you. You can request an appointment by calling 317.565.0515 or by completing an appointment request form.