Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
This condition can affect intellectual, social, and psychological development. Although this condition often starts in childhood and hyperactivity may improve as the child becomes a teen, adolescents and adults can continue to experience inattention, poor organizations skills, and may have poor impulse control.
There are three recognized presentations:
Hyperactive-Impulsive Type: The child often fidgets, runs around or squirms when seating is expected, talks excessively, interrupts others, has trouble waiting their turn.
Inattentive Type (ADD): The child often has trouble concentrating, becomes easily distracted, makes careless mistakes, has trouble completing tasks.
Combined Type (ADHD): The child has symptoms from both the Hyperactive Impulsive type and Inattentive type.
Early diagnosis is of vital importance to achieve appropriate level of placement in school and also allocating effective accommodations that the school system can provide. These arrangements will have a positive impact on academic performance. These early interventions will improve the patient’s social and occupational opportunities later on in life.
At JNC we focus on having an interdisciplinary treatment approach, as we seek coordination with school counselors, teachers, family, primary doctors, psychologist, and therapists. An important point to stress is the importance that we place on having appropriate and early diagnosis with Neuropsychological Testing. This approach will improve the long term prognosis.