Awareness surrounding attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been growing, leading many parents to wonder if their child is at risk. It’s not known what causes ADHD, but certain factors can contribute to its development. If you have concerns about your child’s behavior, getting them assessed for ADHD might shed some light on what they’re experiencing.
At Genesis Psychiatric Solutions, board-certified psychiatrist Dr. Ifeanye Olele can help diagnose your child and assist both of you in learning how to manage ADHD symptoms and behaviors.
Risk factors for ADHD
There’s no single cause of ADHD, and it’s impossible to assess risk with any certainty. However, research has indicated that the following factors can increase your child’s likelihood of developing ADHD:
- Low birth weight
- Family history of ADHD
- Brain injuries or head trauma
- Exposure to cigarette smoke, alcohol, or lead
- Other genetic traits
There’s no evidence that ADHD is caused by eating sugar, watching television, or playing video games. Some children might have problems curbing consumption of these things, but that’s a symptom of ADHD, not a cause.
If your child is having trouble at school, acting impulsively, or is excessively disorganized, these might be symptoms of a deeper problem, not misbehaviors to be punished. With time and treatment, you can find positive solutions that build your child’s self-confidence and give them the skills to overcome obstacles. Getting your child assessed for ADHD is the first step.
At Genesis Psychiatric Solutions, Dr. Olele and his team take time to get to know your child, your family history, and your story. During the evaluation, you have a chance to bring up symptoms you’ve noticed, which may include::
- Difficulty paying attention unless engaged
- Hyperfocusing on certain tasks or subjects
- Disorganization, such as “careless” mistakes or lost/misplaced items
- Impulsive or overactive behavior
- Procrastination and avoidance of schoolwork or chores
- “Not listening,” or difficulty following instructions
- Interrupting, talking out of turn, or talking too much
All of these symptoms can lead to deeper complications in your child’s life, such as:
- Poor performance at school
- Difficulty making/maintaining friendships
- Low self-confidence or self-esteem
- Increased risk of delinquent behavior
- Clumsiness, leading to increased injuries
If you suspect that your child has ADHD, they’re likely struggling more than they’re letting on. A formal diagnosis can provide resources, open up opportunities, and help them understand what they’re going through.
ADHD is a chronic condition, but early detection and treatment during childhood can pave the way for a happier, more productive adulthood.
To learn more and begin the assessment process, schedule an appointment by calling the location closest to you, or request a consultation online.