Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is often misunderstood by people who think your child just needs discipline to stay in line. The fact is that children with ADHD aren’t purposefully oppositional — they have a brain disorder that makes it impossible for them to stay attentive and calm without significant support. Shabbir A. Chowdhury, MD, at Carolina Psychiatry, PC, has years of experience helping children learn how to maintain control and thrive. To schedule an appointment, use the online booking form or call the office in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
ADHD is a disorder caused by dysfunction in areas of the brain responsible for solving problems, planning, regulating attention, and controlling impulses. Those critical brain areas develop differently in children with ADHD compared to their peers who aren’t diagnosed with the condition.
ADHD is usually diagnosed in children, but their symptoms can persist well into adulthood. Additionally, some patients aren’t diagnosed with ADHD until their late teens or adulthood.
ADHD causes an ongoing pattern of behaviors that are severe enough to affect a child’s ability to succeed at school, home, and in the community. These behaviors are grouped into three primary problems: inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.
Children with inattention problems have behaviors such as:
Children with hyperactivity and impulsivity exhibit behaviors such as:
Children with ADHD also have problems with their working memory. As a result, they have a hard time storing information, which is why they struggle to learn and follow instructions.
After performing a psychological evaluation and listening to insight from parents, Dr. Chowdhury determines whether your child has ADHD, then develops a customized treatment plan.
Many children benefit from taking medication that helps them control their hyperactive and impulsive behaviors, and improve their ability to concentrate. ADHD is primarily treated with stimulant medications that boost the levels of brain chemicals needed for attention and thinking.
Participating in psychotherapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, also improves ADHD. With therapy, children can learn how to organize their tasks, work through emotions, and monitor their own behavior. During therapy, children can also develop better social skills and parents have the chance to learn ways to structure daily tasks and routines.
To get the help your child needs, call Carolina Psychiatry, PC, or schedule an appointment online.