Pediatricians located in Ontario, CA & Upland, CA
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, chronically affects children, and frequently extends into adulthood. Though there’s no cure for ADHD, Dr. Sushil Anand of Sunshine Pediatrics in Ontario and Upland, California, provides treatment options that can reduce symptoms and modify behavior to minimize the effects ADHD has on your child. Call today for an appointment.
ADHD Q & A
What are the causes of ADHD?
Boys and girls may be affected differently by ADHD. Hyperactivity tends to be more prevalent in boys, while inattentiveness typically affects girls. Exact causes for the condition aren’t clear. Some suspected contributors include:
- Nervous system development: Problems at key stages affecting the child including premature birth, alcohol use, or tobacco use, during pregnancy
- Genetics: Research supports family genetic connections
- Environment: Lead exposure and other environmental contributors
ADHD falls into three subtypes: those who are mostly inattentive, those who are mostly hyperactive, and those who combine the two. The latter is the most common ADHD type diagnosed.
What symptoms accompany ADHD?
Compared with normal behavior, a child diagnosed with ADHD has symptoms lasting longer than 6 months, and these symptoms are negatively affecting the child’s life, in school or at home.
Inattentive behavior symptoms include:
- Low attention to detail
- Inability to focus on tasks or play
- Doesn’t listen or pay attention, even during direct conversation
- Inability to complete schoolwork, tasks or chores
- Difficulty organizing themselves and activities
- Frequently losing things such as school supplies or toys
- No memory for daily activities
Hyperactive behavior symptoms may be:
- Fidgeting or squirming behavior, the inability to sit still
- Constant motion
- Running, climbing or excitement at inappropriate times
- Inability to play or work quietly
- Excessive talking
- Interrupting others in conversation, play or other activities
How is ADHD treated?
ADHD treatment may include medication, education, and training, or counseling. Psychostimulants are most frequently prescribed, despite this seeming counterintuitive. This class of medication appears to balance neurotransmitters in the brain. Both inattention and hyperactivity may show improvement – sometimes very quickly – when the child is responsive to medication.
Education, training, and therapy also play a positive role in reducing not only the symptoms of ADHD, but the attendant problems, such as depression or anxiety. These treatments may include training for the child in social skills, training for the parents to cope with their child’s condition, and behavioral modification therapy.
Accepted Insurance Providers
At Sunshine Pediatrics, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.