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.
What Is ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is a descriptive term for conditions 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. There are many possible underlying causes of ADHD.
How Does Dr. Nahas Diagnose ADHD?
If a parent suspects that his or her child may be showing signs of ADHD, Dr. Nahas will begin the evaluation by taking an in-depth history about the child’s symptoms,environment,family history and medical history, in order to detect possible underlying triggers, antecedants and mediators. Dr. Nahas will also spend some time with the child to observe his or her behavior. Dr. Nahas will look for the signs of ADHD while also attempting to rule out other conditions, such as depression or anxiety, seizure disorder, sleep apnea, Autism and more. Dr. Nahas uses the Connor Questionnaire as a tool to determine whether a child can be properly diagnosed with ADHD, and when a more functional approach is desired, Doctor Nahas will run advanced testing to determine underlying triggers of the ADHD condition.
What Treatments Does Dr. Nahas Prescribe for Children with ADHD?
In many cases, Dr. Nahas will use an integrative approach to treating ADHD. She can prescribe medication , recommend counseling with a therapist and use many tools in her Functional Medicine toolbox . Some of the most common medications used for this purpose include stimulants, non-stimulant ADHD medication, and anti-depressants. The functional medicine approach encompasses nutrition and lifestyle recommendations, along with customized lab testing and supplements.
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.
When Should a Child See Dr. Nahas for ADHD?
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, or if a child has a sudden change in behavior and focus , a visit to the doctor may be necessary. Parents should also consider making an appointment with the 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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