ADHD is a life-changing condition. In most cases, it does not completely hinder a person’s ability to function, but those with this diagnosis should learn about the condition so they can adapt and learn how to effectively handle it. Thankfully, there is a pediatric specialist who can help you understand some of the more common problems associated with ADHD and to understand this unique condition. Pediatric Specialists of Pendleton, led by Drs. Sara Rickman and Rhonda Wyland, are here to help you understand ADHD and what to do if your child shows symptoms of having it.

What is ADHD?

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects about 11% of children. The symptoms that ADHD presents will often persist into adulthood and can cause problems for your child. ADHD can inhibit your child's executive functioning and make it difficult for them to stay on task, commit to long-term projects, and be able to self-regulate.

How Does ADHD Work?

Our brains are wired to release dopamine whenever we complete a task or if we seek out something that we particularly enjoy such as companionship or affection. Unfortunately, the ADHD mind has an imbalance of dopamine which ends up making it difficult for children to commit to long-term goals. Sticking to any one thing becomes incredibly difficult as they are not able to work through projects and schoolwork and will quit because there are no rewards associated with the process of it. This is a general explanation, though it can becomes more complex with the introduction of other factors.

How Do You Diagnose ADHD?

An evaluation can be performed by your pediatrician to help determine whether or not your child likely has ADHD. If we feel your child has this condition, we will work with you to determine what the next steps or course of treatment should be.

What Are the Symptoms of ADHD?

Some of the symptoms include:

  • Being unable to concentrate on tasks
  • Constantly fidgeting in their seat
  • Talking over people, talking excessively, and interrupting people
  • Acting impulsively
  • Not being able to wait their turn

Is Medication for ADHD an Option?

Medication is often used to treat ADHD alongside CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy). Your pediatrician will be able to provide consultation on which option will be best for your child if you wish to proceed.

ADHD can be a serious problem for children if it is left unattended. At Pediatric Specialists of Pendleton we are here to assist you and your child if they have been showing signs of ADHD. Give us a call today at (541) 276-0250

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