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ADHD

Pediatrician Specialty Practices

A Private Pediatric Practice & Pediatric Cardiologist located in Federal Way, WA & Puyallup, WA

If your child struggles to pay attention at school or they’re always “in their own world,” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) might be to blame. At Pediatrician Specialty Practices in Federal Way and Puyallup, Washington, Nauman Ahmad, MD, FAAP, and his highly trained team can diagnose and treat ADHD to help your child thrive. Schedule an appointment with Pediatrician Specialty Practices by phone or online today.

ADHD Q & A

What is ADHD?

ADHD, also known as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is a condition that often appears during childhood. It’s characterized by problems focusing or paying attention at school, hyperactivity, and difficulty controlling behavior. Treatment with the Pediatrician Specialty Practices team offers your child a better quality of life.

What are the different types of ADHD?

There are three main types of ADHD. They include mainly hyperactive-impulsive (problems with hyperactivity and impulsiveness), mainly inattention (difficulty paying attention), and combined hyperactive-impulsive and inattentiveness. Most children have the combined disorder.

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

Symptoms your child might experience with ADHD can include:

Inattention

  • Easily distracted
  • Forgetting things easily
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Appearing not to listen
  • Easily confused
  • Moving slowly
  • Problems processing information quickly


Hyperactivity

  • Talking endlessly
  • Problems staying calm while sitting down
  • Playing with or touching everything
  • Always in constant motion
  • Difficulty completing quiet tasks


Impulsivity

  • Anxiousness
  • Blurting out improper remarks
  • Acting without thinking about outcomes
  • Intruding on discussions
  • Difficulty being patient 


If your child experiences these symptoms and it disrupts their quality of life or causes problems at school, see Pediatrician Specialty Practices for an evaluation. 

What are the risk factors for ADHD?

ADHD is common and can happen to anybody, but certain factors increase your child’s risk of developing the condition. Examples include genetics, family history of ADHD, brain injuries, poor nutrition, lead exposure, and central nervous system problems. Other risk factors include premature birth and smoking, drinking alcohol, or using drugs during pregnancy.

What are common ADHD treatments?

Dr. Ahmad personalizes your child’s ADHD treatment to match their needs, preferences, and lifestyle. He may recommend setting up a regular routine, getting daily exercise, eating healthy foods, and making other healthy lifestyle changes. Education and training, medications, and psychotherapy are effective ADHD treatments.

Dr. Ahmad works with you and your child to find the right combination of treatments. While there’s currently no cure for ADHD, treatment can diminish symptoms and help your child be successful at school and achieve a better quality of life.

If your child struggles to pay attention, sit still, or form healthy relationships with others because of ADHD, schedule an appointment with Pediatrician Specialty Practices by phone or online today.