Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed disorders in children and adolescents. It is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is often inherited from a parent. An individual who may be struggling with ADHD may present with symptoms related to inattention and/or hyperactivity or impulsivity. However, they may be able to focus for long periods of time when engaging in highly pleasurable or stimulating activities (think video games!)
An individual with ADHD/ADD may not be able to control their behavior at home or at school, despite their best intentions or their intelligence. They are often labeled as “problem” children at school and seen as oppositional or lazy at home. They often have trouble understanding the finer points of social interactions and may have increasing difficulty with social interactions as they get older and social demands become more complex. Left untreated, individuals with ADHD/ADD risk internalizing the negative feedback they receive at home and school and suffering from anxiety/mood and substance abuse disorders.
Treatment for ADHD/ADD often involves behavioral therapy for the individual and family as well as medication management.
Some common symptoms include:
- Trouble focusing
- Difficulty listening
- Distracted easily
- Difficulty completing unpleasant tasks
- Trouble sitting still
- Losing things
At Union Square Practice, our child and adolescent clinicians are experts in treating children and adolescents who may be struggling with ADHD or ADD. At USP, we understand that there is no one size fits all approach to treating ADHD or ADD concerns. Thus, our clinicians take a holistic and collaborative approach to come up with a tailored treatment plan that works for your child and your family.