Is your child impulsive and inattentive to what you and his or her teachers say? Does your child's restlessness seem above and beyond what other kids his or her age exhibit? If so, you may wish to ask your Jacksonville pediatrician, Dr. Alexandra Kostur, about ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. At Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics, Dr. Kostur and nurse practitioners Lori Barnhart and Julie Stephens help you pinpoint this common syndrome and get the help your family needs.
The details on ADHD
It's a syndrome, or brain difference, which affects up to 11 percent of youngsters four to 17 years of age, states the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Boys with the diagnosis outnumber girls with ADHD by a ratio of three to one. In addition, adults may have ADHD, impacting their social and family relationships, professional performance and more.
What are the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? They are many and varied, including:
- Impulsive, irrational actions
- Inattentiveness to tasks, details and instructions
- Poor concentration
- Perceived laziness
- Poor organizational skills
- Inability to complete complex tasks
- Excessive and disruptive activity and loud talking
The Attention Deficit Disorder Association says that ADHD has little to nothing to do with diet or brain injury. Rather, it likely is a difference in brain structure and neurotransmitter levels that is inherited. In other words, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder runs in families and lasts throughout life.
Can ADHD be managed?
Yes, this syndrome and its associated behaviors can be managed, and your Jacksonville pediatrician is a wonderful resource on how to do just that. Medication is sometimes a treatment option, along with strategies such as positive reinforcement, behavioral redirection and life coaching (meeting goals, organizational skills and more) can be applied effectively. Dr. Alexandra Kostur may also suggest behavioral therapy.
Find out more
At Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics, Dr. Kostur and her dedicated staff provide care for your child's physical, emotional, mental and behavioral needs. If you need help with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or other issues, please contact our office for a consultation. Call (904) 446-9991.