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ADHD

10/19/20

Attention Deficit Disorder is one of the most diagnosed disorders of childhood. Children with ADHD have difficulty paying attention, controlling their actions, and are overly active. There are other conditions that have the same symptoms as ADHD. If you think your child has ADHD, discuss it with your pediatrician. They can recommend you to a child specialist or therapist. There are some excellent parent resources.

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Children's Mental Health

10/12/2020

Using surveys like the National Survey of Children’s Health, the CDC found that ADHD, behavior problems, anxiety, and depression are the most commonly diagnosed mental health diagnoses in children between the ages of 3 and 17 years old. (Please refer to cdc.gov/childrensmentalhealth/data.html) There are many factors that influence a child in their early, middle and late childhood. There is the child’s own hereditary makeup (what about Uncle Fred?); the environment (we lived in the city for the first 3 years of his life); and personal experiences (we yell a lot in our home – we can’t help it).

Your child seems overactive for his age. Other parents and now his teachers are commenting to you and talking about medication. As a parent, you can become overwhelmed, considering all of these things. You've talked to his pediatrician, who may or may not be helpful. You don't want your child to be stigmatized with a "mental health issue," but you want him or her to be functioning well, learning, making friends, and happy. This is hard! Consulting with a child and adolescent specialist can make it easier and be helpful in pointing you to the right professional for your child or providing the right therapy to be successful. Positive attitudes do bring positive outcomes for children, no matter their age!