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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is a problem with inattentiveness, over-activity, impulsivity, or a combination. For these problems to be diagnosed as ADHD, they must be out of the normal range for a child's age and development. Children with ADHD also may struggle with low self-esteem, troubled relationships and poor performance in school.

ADHD is a chronic condition that may last into adulthood. Treatment can help your child learn to manage and minimize the symptoms. Effective treatment may include medication, education, behavior therapy, support at home and school, exercise, and proper nutrition.

Treatment starts with your pediatrician or family doctor

If you're concerned that your child is displaying signs of ADHD, such as trouble concentrating, difficulty sitting still, or an inability to control his or her behavior, see your pediatrician or family doctor. Pediatricians are trained to evaluate children with attention and hyperactivity issues and formulate treatment plans for their problems.

If standard approaches aren't working or your child has a complex mix of other conditions (depression, autism, obsessive compulsive tendencies), then your pediatrician can refer you to Doernbecher for further evaluation and treatment.

See also: Doernbecher general pediatricians

Suggested Resource for ADHD Information

Find a variety of ADHD information and handouts from 
The American Academy of Pediatrics

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