Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects more than six million children in the United States. This brain disorder can interfere with learning and affect dynamics in the family, as well as the child’s socialization with peers. At Center of Excellence in Pediatric Neurology in Rocklin and Sacramento, California, board-certified pediatric neurologist Ashutosh Raina, MD, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD to minimize symptoms and improve quality of life. For an evaluation, call the office nearest you or request an appointment using the online booking tool.
ADHD is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. It’s the most common neurodevelopmental disorder diagnosed in children in the United States.
Researchers are currently investigating the underlying cause of ADHD, but they theorize that there may be a genetic component for its development. Other risk factors, such as premature birth, brain injury, or exposure to alcohol or cigarettes during pregnancy, may also lead to ADHD.
Despite what you may hear, eating too much sugar or watching too much television doesn’t cause ADHD. Amid mixed results from research, however, it’s possible that they may exacerbate symptoms.
Many children go through periods where they misbehave or struggle focusing on a task, but these behaviors resolve in time. For a child with ADHD, these symptoms can be severe and don’t improve with time.
Common symptoms of ADHD include:
ADHD symptoms can vary from child to child and may change over time. ADHD is classified based on the symptoms that are most dominant and include predominantly inattentive presentation, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive presentation, and combined presentation.
No single test can diagnose ADHD. Dr. Raina and the team at Center of Excellence in Pediatric Neurology conduct a comprehensive evaluation to assist in the diagnosis. During the exam, Dr. Raina obtains detailed information about symptoms, family history, and your child’s medical history.
The advanced pediatric neurology practice also offers the QbTest in the office to assist with the diagnosis. This computerized diagnostic test evaluates your child’s activity, attention, and impulsivity and provides immediate diagnostic data that assists with a diagnosis.
Based on the examination and data collected from the QbTest, Dr. Raina and his team can determine if your child has ADHD.
Currently, there is no cure for ADHD. However, effective treatments can reduce symptoms and improve functioning. At Center of Excellence in Pediatric Neurology, treatment for ADHD includes medication and psychotherapy, as well as education and training.
To schedule an appointment with the team that is proud to “practice medicine with a heart,” contact Center of Excellence in Pediatric Neurology by phone or request an appointment online today.