An estimated 5%-11% of American children and adolescents have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). At Primary Medicine of Sherman in Sherman, Texas, Robert Hernandez, MD, offers customized treatments to help children cope with their condition and lead fulfilling lives. Call or make an appointment online today if you’re concerned about your child’s behavior.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a prevalent mental health condition that disrupts your ability to concentrate, make decisions, and control your impulses. Children are often rambunctious and energetic, but if their behaviors interfere with their academic success or disrupt your life at home, your child may have ADHD.
While children are most often diagnosed with ADHD, adults can also have the condition. Usually, when you’re diagnosed with ADHD as an adult, you’ve coped with ADHD for years.
In children and teenagers, ADHD causes hyperactive and inattentive symptoms, and many patients live with a combination of both types of symptoms. Many of these behaviors are common in children, but if their symptoms interfere with their quality of life or disrupt life at home or school, it’s best to have a professional assessment.
Common hyperactive symptoms include:
Inattentive symptoms include:
Adults experience ADHD slightly differently than children. Instead of struggling with the hyperactivity that’s common in younger patients, as an adult you’re more likely to struggle with attentiveness, decisiveness, and impulse control.
Dr. Hernandez and the nurse practitioner, Dacodah LaBarge, at Primary Medicine of Sherman, begin your treatment with a thorough evaluation of you or your child’s current symptoms, as well as your medical and psychiatric history, to develop a detailed understanding of your needs. Then, your provider creates a customized treatment program to alleviate you or your child’s symptoms and help you learn to control your behaviors.
Dr. Hernandez and his team often combine medicine and therapy. Medication reduces and regulates your symptoms so you can focus on learning and practicing strategies to control your impulses, manage your time, or improve your organization. You or your child may also benefit from lifestyle modifications to your diet and exercise habits.
For help with ADHD symptoms, call Primary Medicine of Sherman or schedule a consultation online today.