Have you noticed that your child is easily distracted or unable to stay focused on homework? In general, kids can have trouble staying organized, but if their inability to stay on task is interfering with their life, they may have attention deficit disorder (ADD). At Primary Care Pediatrics in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Dr. Eugenia Marcus offers ADD assessment services to better understand your child’s needs. Dr. Marcus has years of experience diagnosing and treating ADD to help your child get back on track. Schedule an evaluation online, or by calling the office, to learn more about ADD.
Attention deficit disorder is a common developmental disability that affects your child’s ability to pay attention. This can apply if your child has a short attention span or becomes easily distracted, especially during school.
Other signs of ADD include:
An ADD diagnosis often occurs in childhood and the condition can remain throughout adulthood. While many of the signs of ADD are a part of normal child behavior, it is important that Dr. Marcus evaluates your child when behaviors cause you concern.
Dr. Marcus has extensive experience in diagnosing ADD in children of all ages. While there is no specific medical test to diagnosis ADD, Dr. Marcus can determine if your child has this disorder by reviewing their medical history and your list of concerns about their behavior. She may even request additional information from your child's teachers.
Dr. Marcus also performs a physical exam to rule out other possible medical conditions.
If Dr. Marcus suspects your child has ADD, she creates a comprehensive treatment plan to help manage your child’s focusing issues at home, during school, and with other important activities.
Dr. Marcus works closely with you, your child, teachers, coaches, and other important people in your child’s life. She may recommend initial treatment options like behavioral therapies, and sports and school interventions to help your child manage their activities.
If additional treatment is necessary, Dr. Marcus may recommend prescription medications.
ADD medications can help your child manage their attention difficulties and improve their quality of life. Medications may also be effective in controlling behavioral issues caused by ADD.
Medications may include:
Stimulants are medications, like Ritalin® and Adderall®, that reduce ADD symptoms. They work quickly but typically have a short lifespan.
Non-stimulants may help children that don’t respond well to stimulants. These medications, like Strattera and Intuniv®, offer long-lasting results for controlling ADD symptoms.
ADD medications may cause side effects, including drowsiness, appetite loss, and nausea that should resolve on their own. Dr. Marcus carefully monitors your child’s symptoms and may make changes to their prescription throughout treatment.
Not all children respond to medications the same way and your child may need to try different medications before finding one that works best.
Schedule an evaluation with Dr. Marcus at Primary Care Pediatrics online or by phone today.