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ADHD Specialist

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Neighborhood Pediatrics

Pediatricians located in Shenandoah, TX

If you have a child who struggles to pay attention or sit still, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) might be to blame. At Neighborhood Pediatrics in Shenandoah, Texas, the board-certified pediatricians diagnose and treat ADHD when needed to help your child pay attention better and thrive at school or in social situations. Call the office to schedule an evaluation or book one online today.


What is ADHD?

ADHD, also known as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is a common condition in which children have difficulty paying attention and sitting still. 

ADHD can negatively impact grades at school, organizational skills, and even relationships with friends and family. However, treatment can improve your child’s quality of life and their chance at success. 

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

If your child has ADHD, you may notice some of the following:

  • Problems staying focused at school
  • Making careless mistakes in school
  • Appearing not to listen when spoken to
  • Problems following through with instructions
  • Difficulty staying organized
  • Poor grades at school
  • Getting distracted easily
  • Losing items easily
  • Forgetting daily tasks
  • Impulsive behaviors
  • Fidgeting or squirming often
  • Being in constant motion
  • Difficulty staying seated
  • Talking too much
  • Blurting out answers at school
  • Interrupting often

ADHD symptoms can be mild, moderate, or severe. Attention-deficit disorder (ADD) is a similar condition but without the hyperactivity component. 

What are the risk factors for ADHD?

The cause of ADHD isn’t entirely clear, but certain factors could increase your child’s risk of developing it. Examples include:

  • Exposure to environmental toxins
  • Family history of ADHD
  • Premature birth
  • Maternal drug use
  • Alcohol use during pregnancy
  • Smoking during pregnancy

The reason ADHD develops isn’t always known. However, treatment can reduce ADHD symptoms and help your child thrive at school, work, or in relationships. 

How does my child’s doctor diagnose ADHD?

To determine if your child has ADHD, their pediatrician discusses their lifestyle, symptoms, and medical history. They complete a physical examination and ask you or your child a series of questions to get a better feel for their physical and mental health and well-being. 

What are common ADHD treatments?

Common ADHD treatments that may help reduce unpleasant symptoms include:

  • Social skills training
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Family therapy
  • Regular routines 
  • Medications
  • Assistance at school

Your child’s pediatrician assists with the management of ADHD and offers specialist referrals as needed to get your child the treatment and school assistance required for them to thrive. 

To learn more about ADHD and find out if your child has this condition, call the Neighborhood Pediatrics office or schedule an appointment online today.