A closer look at ADHD
2/5/2016 12:51 PM
Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), is a group of different behavioral conditions. ADHD cannot be diagnosed until someone is at least 7 years of age. When it comes to making an ADHD diagnosis, there must be a certain number of symptoms over a certain amount of time that are observed in multiple environments. If a child presents certain behaviors at school that are not expressed at home, ADHD may not be the reason.
ADHD is not a bad thing; it’s just a different way of learning and processing stimuli. ADHD affects many different people and doesn’t always need to be medicated. For example, people who need a lot of stimulation or activity shouldn’t work in a quiet environment like a library but rather an emergency room or busy mall.
Some people do need medication to manage ADHD. ADHD medications are very effective in people who need them, and there are no studies that show they cause long-term affects when used appropriately.
When children are developing we need to be patient, instill them with confidence and adjust to their learning type.
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About the Author
Lenore DePagter, DO, is the physician practice administrator for Live Oak Health Partners. She also provides acute care and occupational medicine services at the Live Oak Walk-In Care clinic in San Marcos, Texas.