What is ADD and ADHD?
By Southwest Children's Clinic
January 07, 2016
Category: Children's Health
Tags: adhd  

Studies have shown that about 11% of school-aged children live with ADD and ADHD. This common condition can be a scary diagnosis for your child at first. However, it is actually quite common and treatable. With help from your pediatrician at Southwest Children’s Clinic in ADDWest Jordan, UT, you can understand this condition and learn which treatment option is best for your situation.

What is ADD/ADHD? 
Attention deficit disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are essentially one in the same. ADD is considered to be an outdated term, and both names are commonly used interchangeably. ADD/ADHD is more common in children than adults. Diagnosis includes the patient meeting all or most of the symptoms of ADD/ADHD consistently for six months in different settings. The diagnoses can be one of three subtypes: Primarily Inattentive, Primarily Hyperactive or Combined. Treatment depends on the subtype diagnoses.

What are the symptoms of ADD/ADHD? 
The symptoms for ADD/ADHD in children include:

  • hyperactivity
  • impulsive behavior
  • inattentive nature
  • constantly in motion
  • misplaces things often
  • difficulty finishing tasks
  • careless mistakes
  • constantly squirming or fidgeting
  • having “selective hearing” or not always listening

What are the treatments for ADD/ADHD? 
Treatments for ADHD include more than just taking medication. Exercise is one of the most effective ways to help treat symptoms of ADD/ADHD. Playing outside for 30 minutes a day is highly recommended to quell symptoms. This boosts the brain’s levels of certain chemicals, affecting focus and attention. Getting enough sleep is also important in treating ADD/ADHD. Patients should have a steady bedtime with no distractions, such as TVs or computers. Sleep or sound machines are helpful as well. Behavioral therapy has proven to be highly effective as a co-treatment alongside medication and may help reduce the overall dosage of medicine required.

Consistency is important when treating ADD/ADHD. For more information on ADD/ADHD, please contact Southwest Children’s Clinic in West Jordan, UT. Call (801) 563-1975 to speak with an associate about scheduling an appointment today!