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ADHD Specialist

Anthonia Emezie, MD -  - Pediatrics

Covenant Pediatrics

Anthonia Emezie, MD

Pediatrics located in Matthews, NC

If your child is struggling in school or has behavioral issues, you may have concerns about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Anthonia Emezie, MD, of Covenant Pediatrics, PA, in Matthews, North Carolina, is an experienced pediatrician with expertise in ADHD and attention deficit disorder (ADD) and can help diagnose and get your child the right treatment for management. For an evaluation, call the office today, or book online.


What is ADHD?

ADHD is a medical condition that affects your child’s brain development and function in a manner that interferes with your child’s ability to pay attention, sit still, or manage self-control. In addition to affecting your child’s learning, ADHD can also affect life at home and friendships.

Dr. Emezie is an experienced pediatrician who can help you understand ADHD and provide the care you and your child need for healthy growth and development.

What is the difference between ADD and ADHD?

ADHD and ADD are often used interchangeably, but they aren’t the same. ADD is a type of ADHD that causes attention difficulties, but not the hyperactivity or inability to sit still.

The latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) for diagnosing ADHD no longer includes ADD as a diagnosis. The current diagnoses include:

  • ADHD predominantly inattentive (formerly ADD)
  • ADHD predominantly hyperactive-impulsive
  • ADHD mixed

Dr. Emezie determines the type of ADHD your child has based on the symptoms your child is experiencing.

How is ADHD diagnosed?

Each type of ADHD has specific symptoms, and a diagnosis depends on the number of symptoms your child has and the length of time your child has been experiencing them. Symptoms for each type include:

ADHD predominantly inattentive

With this type of ADHD, your child may seem like they’re in their own world. Common symptoms include:

  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Disorganized
  • Forgetful
  • Loses things
  • Makes careless mistakes
  • Struggles to follow instructions

Your child may also struggle with getting their homework done.

ADHD predominantly hyperactive-impulsive

With this type of ADHD, you may notice that your child seems to get into trouble a lot due to behavior. Other symptoms include:

  • Constantly interrupting
  • Blurting out answers
  • Talks too much
  • Unable to play quietly
  • Getting up from their seat at inappropriate times

Your child may also seem very fidgety and squirmy.

ADHD mixed

With ADHD mixed, your child has a combination of both types of ADHD symptoms.

ADHD is a chronic mental health condition, but with the right care, your child can lead a productive and healthy childhood.

For an ADHD evaluation, call Covenant Pediatrics today, or book an appointment online.