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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.
What your pediatrician in Jacksonville wants you to know
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD, is a common condition affecting both children and adults. There are a lot of misconceptions about ADHD and your pediatrician wants you to know the facts. Dr. Alexandra Kostur at Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics in Jacksonville, FL wants to answer a few frequently asked questions about ADHD.
So, what is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD?
ADHD is a genetic developmental disorder leading to inability to stay on task, inattentiveness, and hyperactivity.
What causes ADHD?
Although genetics plays a major role in developing ADHD, there are other causes which may play a role in ADHD. Other potential factors include a low birth weight or premature delivery, or maternal health and medications used during pregnancy.
What are some signs and symptoms of ADHD?
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), common signs and symptoms of ADHD include:
- Difficulty paying attention
- Problems listening or concentrating
- Difficulty with organization
- Forgetting or losing things
- Daydreaming frequently
- Excessive talking
- Inability to stay still
- Squirming and fidgeting
- Frequently making mistakes
- Frequently taking risks
- Difficulty in social situations
How is ADHD diagnosed?
Your pediatrician will perform a complete medical examination including developmental testing. You as a parent, along with your child’s teacher and your child will be asked specific questions about behavior and difficulties learning or getting along with other children.
How is ADHD treated?
The most common treatment for ADHD is behavioral therapy for your child and behavioral management for you as a parent. Medications may also be prescribed along with dietary changes, including taking vitamins and decreasing sugar intake.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD can go undiagnosed, leading to decreased learning ability, poor performance in school, and difficulty forming relationships with other kids. It’s important to know what to look for and what to do if you suspect your child may have ADHD. Don’t worry because your pediatrician, Dr. Kostur is here to help, so call Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics in Jacksonville, FL today!