If your child struggles to pay attention at school or home and constantly moves around or fidgets, they may have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). At Pediatrics and Genetics in Alpharetta, Georgia, board-certified pediatrician Vidya Krishnamurthy, MD, diagnoses ADHD and creates personalized treatments that allow your child or teenager to thrive. Schedule an evaluation by phone or online today.
ADHD is a condition that affects a child or adult’s ability to concentrate or sit still. When not addressed, it can lead to impulsive behaviors, inattention, and hyperactivity. If your child struggles to focus or constantly seems hyper, see Dr. Krishnamurthy for an evaluation.
The following symptoms may develop due to ADHD in children or teenagers:
ADHD can also negatively affect interpersonal relationships with other people. Treatment helps your child thrive at home, with friends, in school, or at work.
While the exact cause of ADHD isn’t clear, it may result due to various factors. Possible risk factors include being born prematurely, exposure to environmental toxins, or maternal use of drugs, cigarettes, or alcohol during pregnancy. A family history of ADHD is another common risk factor.
Dr. Krishnamurthy diagnoses ADHD after discussing your child’s symptoms and medical history. She completes a psychiatric evaluation by asking them a series of questions and, if necessary, completes in-office activities with your child.
She may also ask for input from your child’s teacher or other family members before making a final diagnosis and creating a treatment plan.
Dr. Krishnamurthy may recommend one or more ADHD treatments for your child. It’s essential to set a consistent routine, encourage your child to eat nutritious foods and stay active, and allow them to get enough uninterrupted sleep.
She may suggest cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), family therapy, or other forms of therapy to help your child overcome problematic thoughts or behaviors.
Dr. Krishnamurthy offers personalized nutrition counseling and medication prescriptions that help your child concentrate better and sit still longer at school. She follows up with them as needed to ensure long-lasting success.
Schedule an appointment at Pediatrics and Genetics by phone or online today for ADHD screening or treatment.