Pediatric ADHD Treatment in Scranton, PA
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, more commonly known as ADHD, is a brain disorder that can affect children differently. If left untreated, this issue can cause a child to be restless, misbehave and prevent him or her from learning in school.
At Pediatrics of Northeastern Pennsylvania, our pediatricians are committed to helping all of our patients achieve their health goals in a collaborative and supportive environment. Our number one priority is the health of your child. Pediatrics of Northeastern Pennsylvania is able to blend the latest in health information technology, our years of pediatric experience, and genuine compassion to deliver the finest medical care available for your child. We offer a variety of pediatric services for your child including ADHD diagnosis and treatment.
Common ADHD Symptoms
Inattention, hyperactivity and impulse control are not symptoms that are exclusive to children with ADHD, but symptoms of ADHD tend to be more pronounced in those who are affected. Although ADHD affects everyone differently, the following behaviors are the most commonly observed issues:
Causes of ADHD
Over the years, there has been a lot of misinformation about the causes of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. Researchers used to believe that ADHD could be the result of brain damage, head injuries or even the ingestion of too much refined sugar. All of these theories have been disproved.
Simply put, ADHD is caused by chemical and structural dysfunctions in the brain that are the result of genetics. Pathways in the brain and neurotransmitters that regulate dopamine and norepinephrine are different in those with ADHD than those without.
There are several options for treating a child with ADHD. With appropriate care, a child can manage symptoms and can begin to better focus in school and at home. Common treatment options include:
- Therapy to help a child learn to manage his or her symptoms.
- Parent training to help create an environment that will allow their child to thrive.
- Medication to decrease severe symptoms.
- School intervention to make teachers aware of any necessary accommodations.
Schedule an Appointment
To speak with a pediatrician at Pediatrics of Northeastern Pennsylvania about ADHD screening and treatment, contact our office today by calling (570) 346-1464.