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Posts for tag: ADHD

By Mundelein Pediatrics
January 11, 2018
Category: Children's Health
Tags: ADHD  

When it comes to your child, a diagnosis of any kind can be scary or cause anxiety. However, though they affect daily life, conditions like adhdADHD are manageable with help from your pediatrician. Find out more about ADHD, what it means for you and your child, and which steps to take in managing it with Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL.

What is ADHD? 
ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, affects about 6% of the population and affects people of all ages. While every person with ADHD has one or more of its symptoms, the condition differs patient to patient and occurs on a wide range of levels of severity. Patients may have trouble functioning in settings such as school or work, finding it difficult to focus on completing tasks. ADHD can also affect a patient’s home and social life. ADHD is often referred to as ADD, though the conditions are similar but different.

Does my child have ADHD? 
The symptoms of ADHD may not be immediately obvious. Patients with ADHD may experience symptoms such as:

  • easily distracted
  • chronically late
  • restless or hyperactive
  • fails to follow instructions
  • prone to procrastination
  • difficulty staying focused
  • difficulty completing tasks
  • forgetfulness
  • impulsivity

How is ADHD diagnosed? 
Patients must meet certain criteria to be diagnosed with ADHD. Their condition must significantly affect at least two areas of the patient’s life, such as work, school, home, or social life. The symptoms must be excessive and ongoing. ADHD may present itself in three main forms:

  • ADHD Combined: The patient experiences both inattention and hyperactivity.
  • ADHD Predominantly Inattentive: The patient experiences more inattentiveness than hyperactivity.
  • ADHD Predominantly Hyperactive/Impulsive: The patient experiences more hyperactivity or impulsiveness than inattentiveness.

How can my Grayslake pediatrician help treat my child’s ADHD? 
Your child’s pediatrician can help your child control and manage their ADHD and live a normal, productive life. Behavioral therapy to learn how to appropriately deal with behavioral problems, learn coping skills, and improve communication skills has shown to be helpful in treating ADHD. In some cases, your doctor may suggest medication to effectively manage the symptoms of ADHD.

For more information on ADHD or what it means for your child, please contact your child’s pediatrician at Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL. Call 847-548-7337 to schedule your appointment with your child’s pediatrician today!

By Mundelein Pediatrics
November 02, 2016
Category: Children's Health
Tags: ADHD   behavioral counseling  

Wondering if your child’s fidgeting and inattentiveness could be due to ADHD?

It seems like everywhere we turn we hear about ADHD (known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). With the growing use of ADHDelectronics and the ease of getting everything from movies to video games with just the click of a button, it can sometimes be hard to tell if our children’s lack of attention stems from ADHD or just being inundated with our fast-paced world. Our Grayslake, IL pediatricians have the answers you’ve been looking for.

What are some warning signs that I should look out for?

Yes, it is normal for children to be inattentive sometimes. However, there are some telltale signs that there could be something more going on.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, if your child shows any of these behaviors for at least six months and they are under the age of 7, it might be time to visit our Grayslake children’s doctor:

  • Your child just can’t stop squirming: They always need to move their arms or legs or hands. It feels like they just don’t stop moving.
  • They can’t sit for any period of time: Children with ADHD have a lot of issues just sitting still. You may notice that your child just always need to be up and moving and just can’t seem to stay in their seat.
  • Your child doesn’t seem to learn from past mistakes or experiences: It may feel like you’ve told them the same thing a hundred times but they just don’t seem to listen.
  • Your child seems restless: It might go hand-in-hand with not being able to sit still, but you also notice that your child needs to run or climb on things all the time.
  • Your child can’t patiently wait their turn: Sure it could just be the excitement of playing a board game, but if you find that your child is cutting to the front of the line all the time or just can’t seem to wait for other people to take their turn during game night this could be a warning sign.
  • Your child doesn’t seem to care who’s speaking: they need to interrupt often: They may blurt out answers in class without raising their hands or cut someone off without even realizing that they did it.
  • Your child has issues following directions.
  • Your child often loses things, whether it’s their homework, a favorite toy or a schoolbook: Your child just seems forgetful a lot of the time.
  • Your child is unorganized: While children can certainly be messy, a child with ADHD just can’t seem to stay organized, which often means that it’s difficult for them to complete a task.

These are all symptoms that children can be known to exhibit at some point, so we don’t want you to be too worried. However, if your child is exhibiting these symptoms often and it’s affecting their daily life, it’s time to turn to Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL for a proper assessment.

By Mundelein Pediatrics
November 16, 2015
Category: Children's Health
Tags: ADHD  

It's not always easy to sit still and concentrate when you're a child, but when symptoms become severe, the problem may be more than just a little restlessness. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder affects 10 percent of school-age children and can make it difficult to do well at school or make friends. Grayslake IL Pediatrician Jennifer Devaney, M.D., along with Drs. Anita Avila, Mandana Farhadieh, Karin ADHDKallwitz, Shelly Mann and Robert Malloy, answer frequently asked questions about ADHD.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms vary based on the type of ADHD, but children who have the disorder may:

  • Have difficulty sitting still
  • Become lost in daydreams
  • Have trouble waiting for a turn
  • Forget things
  • Talk too much
  • Be disorganized
  • Make careless mistakes
  • Run or explore when it's not appropriate
  • Be easily distracted

What are the different types of ADHD?

Children may have one of three types of ADHD:

  • Predominantly inattentive presentation: Children have difficulty paying attention to details, following instructions and organizing and finishing tasks.
  • Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive presentation: These children are in constant motion and often act impulsively. They may interrupt other people, fail to listen to directions or may have more accidents than other children because they take too many risks.
  • Combined presentation: If your child has a combined presentation, he or she will show symptoms of both of the above types.

How can I help my child?

If you suspect that your child has ADHD, make an appointment with his or her pediatrician. Behavior therapy and medications can help control the symptoms that make it difficult for your child to succeed in school and maintain friendships. Every child with ADHD is truly unique. Finding the best combination of therapy and medications may take some time, and you may need to make some changes throughout the years to ensure that your child's needs are being met at every age.

Worried that your child may suffer from ADHD? Call Grayslake IL Pediatrician Jennifer Devaney, M.D. at (847) 548-7337. She or her colleagues Drs. Anita Avila, Mandana Farhadieh, Karin Kallwitz, Shelly Mann and Robert Malloy will perform a thorough examination of your child and offer recommendations that will help improve his or her behavior.