Pediatrics & Family Medicine located in Texas City, TX & Pasadena, TX
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 11% of children between 4-17 years of age have been diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, commonly known as ADHD. The highly experienced doctors and staff at NAG Clinics, located conveniently in Pasadena and Texas City, Texas, can correctly diagnose you or your child and provide an effective treatment plan. For specific questions regarding ADHD, call the office today or schedule your appointment online.
ADHD Q & A
What is attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? ADHD is a neurobehavioral and chronic condition characterized by restlessness, hyperactivity, and distractibility, which can interfere with your day-to-day tasks. While doctors can diagnose you at any age with ADHD, it’s most apparent in children during preschool and elementary school years.
The most common characteristics associated with ADHD include:
- Frequently losing things
- Poor organization skills
- Physical restlessness
- Excessive impulsivity
- Forgetfulness of daily activities
- Poor time management skills
If you have many of these symptoms, the doctors at NAG Clinics recommend you schedule a consultation with them so they can evaluate you and provide you with a diagnosis.
How is ADHD diagnosed?
There is not a specific test to diagnose ADHD. Instead, the doctors base your diagnosis on a variety of ADHD symptoms you may be experiencing on a regular basis for more than six months. Additionally, these symptoms should be present in most situations whether you’re at home, work, or in school.
Your doctor also performs a physical exam to exclude other possible medical issues for your symptoms. You may also take psychological tests to rule out other conditions such as anxiety disorders or specific learning disabilities.
What are the different types of ADHD?
There are three subtypes of ADHD:
Predominantly inattentive ADHD
If you have this type of ADHD, you experience more symptoms of inattentiveness than hyperactivity or impulsivity. Symptoms usually involve missing details, getting distracted easily, or not listening.
Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive ADHD
Impulsivity and hyperactivity are what characterize this type of ADHD. While it’s possible to exhibit signs of inattention, people tend to talk constantly, be impatient, and have trouble engaging in activities. It can be challenging for children or adults to learn and focus.
With this type of ADHD, your symptoms include both inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity. To be diagnosed with combination ADHD, your symptoms must have gone on for six months or longer.
If you’re experiencing ADHD symptoms and it’s interfering with your daily life, call NAG Clinics today or schedule your appointment online to see the compassionate, comprehensive team.