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.
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.
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:
Dr. Emezie determines the type of ADHD your child has based on the symptoms your child is experiencing.
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:
With this type of ADHD, your child may seem like they’re in their own world. Common symptoms include:
Your child may also struggle with getting their homework done.
With this type of ADHD, you may notice that your child seems to get into trouble a lot due to behavior. Other symptoms include:
Your child may also seem very fidgety and squirmy.
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.