ADD / ADHD
ADHD and ADD are among the most common childhood disorders in the United States. If your child is showing signs of ADD and ADHD, make an appointment at Pediatrics of Mansoor Pediatrics. The area’s leading pediatricians, the team at Pediatrics of Mansoor Pediatrics welcome new families to the practice. If you’re in the Alexandria vicinity, call the office or book an appointment online to have your child screened.
Is there a difference between ADHD and ADD?
Not really. They are brain disorders that impact your child’s ability to read, socialize, learn, and perform everyday activities. The terms “ADHD” and “ADD” — attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and attention deficit disorder, respectively — are often used interchangeably.
Back in the day, doctors would say that ADD referred to difficulty paying attention, whereas ADHD was the same, but with hyperactivity included. Now we use the term ADHD but classify it into three subtypes: Mostly inattentive, mostly hyperactive, or combined inattention and hyperactivity.
What is the process for diagnosing children with ADHD and ADD?
Diagnosing ADHD and ADD isn’t a one-size-fits-all test. It includes a series of observational and hands-on measures to get an accurate diagnosis.
When you come in for screening, your pediatrician sits down with your child and monitors their behavior. Be sure to let your doctor know about your child’s behaviors at home or school. All of this information helps determine if your child has ADHD or ADD. Your doctor will also ask questions about sleep, diet, and family routines.
Sometimes the diagnosis process also includes:
- Evaluating family medical history
- Physical examination
- Aptitude testing or other psychological testing
- Getting feedback from teachers via questionnaires
- Talking with teachers
Do children with ADHD and ADD have symptoms?
Some symptoms of ADHD and ADD are obvious, but some aren’t (especially if your child is at school all day and you can’t observe them). When possible, watch for:
- Difficulty staying on task
- Frequent daydreaming
- Spur of the moment decision-making
- Squirming or fidgeting
- Tapping with hands or feet
How is ADHD and ADD treated in children?
Treatment for ADHD and ADD depends on the severity of your child’s symptoms and what they need. Your pediatrician works with you to develop a management plan which could include:
- Stimulant medication
- Frequent praise and reward techniques
- Learning how to communicate
- Increasing physical activity
- Behavioral therapy
- Psychological counseling
- Non-stimulant prescriptions
Are ADHD and ADD permanent?
As your child grows and develops, the prefrontal cortex matures. As such, some researchers believe that the symptoms and side effects of attention deficit disorders can decrease or resolve completely. About one-third of adults who had ADHD and ADD as children, no longer have issues as adults, or their side effects are much less severe.