Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, shows up in more children than you might think. And, depending on your preconceptions about ADHD symptoms, the actual presentation of this condition could surprise you. Does your child daydream, or worry inordinately about social rejection? It might be ADHD!
Even if your child isn’t bouncing off the walls, they could still have ADHD or related issues. With the right diagnosis, you can find the treatment plan that’s right for your child, helping them resolve troublesome symptoms and move forward into a bright future.
At Dr. Soos Pediatrics, Gyula Soos, MD, FAAP and an expert care team provide support for pediatric ADHD patients from in and around the Dublin, Georgia region. We can identify your child’s ADHD as one of three major types, and recommend the right strategies and treatments to help your child cope, learn, and thrive.
Attention and hyperactivity problems in children
Lots of kids struggle to sit still, and learning how to focus on a difficult topic is a skill that it can take time to build. However, many children’s brains show differences in activity and development that fit them for an ADHD diagnosis. Undiagnosed ADHD can lead to problems at home, socially, and at school, as your child remains out of step with peers.
However, ADHD won’t always present as a child being physically active, chatty, or distractible. Hyperfocus, daydreaming, and social awkwardness can also indicate mental and cognitive differences. ADHD comes in several major types, each showing different symptoms, and your child’s diagnosis can actually change over time, as well. With professional treatment and support, your child can feel more adapted and comfortable, both mentally and socially, to life with their unique presentation of ADHD.
Multiple types of ADHD
If your child has inattentive ADHD, you might wonder about absent-mindedness. Children with inattention ADHD often lose track of important objects or information. They may struggle to complete tasks, wandering away in the middle of something, or always be lost in a daydream. If your child can never remember their homework, or if they even have any that day, inattentive ADHD might be a concern.
Kids with hyperactive-impulsive ADHD typically can’t sit still. Always jumping around, moving from game to game and topic to topic, children with hyperactive ADHD are often social, impulsive, and disruptive. If your child struggles to stay in their seat and not interfere with others, hyperactive ADHD may be more likely as a diagnosis.
ADHD symptoms come in many types and configurations. In the third type of presentation, combined ADHD, your child has a mix of hyperactivity and inattentiveness concerns, that might not fall into easy categorization. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, most children with ADHD have combination symptoms.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Soos about your child’s potential or diagnosed ADHD, give us a call at 478-272-0203 today. Or, you can request your appointment online through our online tool. Telehealth treatment sessions are also available.