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Signs and Symptoms of ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, better known as ADHD, is a neurobehavioral condition marked by several symptoms, including inattention and impulsiveness. Dr. Maria Castro, the caring board-certified pediatrician at StarLight Pediatrics in Holly Springs, NC, diagnoses and treats ADHD. The doctor can develop an individualized treatment plan to help your child manage symptoms and success in different settings.

Signs and Symptoms of ADHD

ADHD is associated with several persistent symptoms that can lead to behavioral issues. For instance, a tendency to be impulsive can make it challenging for children with ADHD to sit still for extended periods. Consequently, they are more likely to get up and wander around even when it is inappropriate to do so, such as during school. Five key signs and symptoms of ADHD include:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Impulsivity
  • Inattentiveness
  • Inability to sit still
  • Easily distracted

Other signs and symptoms of ADHD can include forgetfulness, difficulty keeping attention on specific tasks or activities, trouble organizing tasks, and failure to follow through on instructions. Not listening, constant fidgeting, interrupting others, and trouble waiting their turn are also commonly observed behaviors in individuals with ADHD.

It is important to note that all children can display any of the above symptoms at different times. However, kids with ADHD have a persistent pattern of inattention hyperactivity or impulsivity over time that is disruptive and significantly interferes with development and functioning.

Managing ADHD Behaviors

Many strategies exist for managing ADHD behaviors, such as behavior therapy or anger management. Medications can also be helpful for some patients. Treatment often differs from one patient to the next. The most effective behavioral strategies, and the need for medications or not, will depend on the individual and their specific symptoms.

The right combination of treatments can help kids develop better social skills, as well as lead to improved learning and school performance. The skilled doctor at our pediatric practice in Holly Springs, NC, can develop an ADHD treatment plan tailored to your child’s needs.

ADHD is associated with a wide range of symptoms, particularly hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention. We can help your child manage symptoms so they have greater success at school and at home. For the treatment of ADHD in Holly Springs, NC, schedule an appointment with Dr. Castro by calling StarLight Pediatrics at (919) 762-5113.

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