Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) does NOT always mean “hyperactivity”… it could also refer to difficulties paying attention, chronic procrastination, and/or problematic impulsivity. Some things to monitor…
• being fidgety
• unfinished tasks
• appearing to not listen
Since all children exhibit such behaviors at some time or another, how do you know if they are age-appropriate or ADHD? If these behaviors are problematic, some sort of intervention is needed. Of course, avoiding medications is great, as long as behavioral interventions (by parents and teachers) are working well… but if those aren’t effective, consider seeking an evaluation with a psychiatrist who does both therapy and medication management (just in case a medication is recommended).
If your child is diagnosed with ADHD, review all treatment options… perhaps it’s fine-tuning behavioral strategies, or treating overwhelming anxiety or social issues, or even making educational changes for a child who is not being challenged enough intellectually.
If not properly addressed, ADHD can affect your child’s relationships as well as affecting educational success, and lead to lifelong self-esteem issues. Early intervention is crucial.
Louis Taylor, DO
Integral Care, PLLC
Tel: (512) 522-5116