ADD and ADHD
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), are increasingly common. Thought to have genetic underpinnings, research confirms that environmental factors may exacerbate or trigger ADD and ADHD. Certain foods, food additives, toxins, etc. may make ADD and ADHD symptoms worse. Children may be evaluated for ADD/ADHD if they display symptoms of inattention, impulsivity, and/or hyperactivity typically in multiple settings (home, school, etc.).
An ADD/ADHD diagnosis can be made based on a number of factors including clinical suspicion, patient history, and others. IVA-CPT computer testing offered by our office can help provide further evidence for ADD/ADHD. Often, the behavior we observe that drives us to suspect ADD/ADHD is a manifestation of our inner biology, nutrition, and overall health, so it is important to consider many factors prior to establishing a diagnosis. ADD/ADHD can be mistaken for other medical and/or behavioral problems.
At Worthington Pediatrics, we strive to completely evaluate your child's learning, nutrition, sleep, attention, mood, and concentration before making any diagnosis of ADD/ADHD, and before starting medications. Parents may opt for behavioral, nutritional, and environmental modifications to manage ADD/ADHD symptoms before, or in addition to, medication. We encourage all parents and patients to consider all factors that may be contributing to this disorder.
In the case that medications are indicated, these controlled substances require frequent follow-up and cannot be "called in" to a pharmacy. Children on ADD/ADHD medication at our office will be monitored every 3-4 months, as they near the end of their medication supply and before a new refill is dispensed.
Office and School Forms for ADD/ADHD.
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