Posts for tag: ADHD

By Surfside Pediatrics
December 29, 2020
Category: Health
Tags: ADD   ADHD  

Here’s what parents should understand about childhood ADHD.

Is your child just a little rambunctious or flighty at times or are these behaviors that they display regularly? Are they struggling in school because they are often disorganized, forgetful, or have trouble waiting their turn? If so, you may be concerned that they could have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). If so, our Ventura, CA, pediatricians can provide a comprehensive evaluation to determine whether your child could have ADHD.

Are ADD and ADHD the same thing?

Have you heard some people call it ADD while others call it ADHD? Let us explain…when this neurodevelopmental disorder first started to gain recognition, the medical community often referred to it as ADD, or Attention Deficit Disorder. These days ADD is a little outdated and we now refer to it as ADHD.

How will I know that my child has ADHD?

Most parents start to notice behavioral differences in their child before the age of 12, with many children exhibiting telltale signs of ADHD by the age of three. Common signs of ADHD include,

  • Interrupting others
  • Trouble waiting their turn
  • Difficulty playing quietly
  • Fidgeting or trouble sitting still
  • Prone to outbursts and temper tantrums
  • Careless mistakes
  • Often misplacing items
  • Jumping from task to task but never completing anything
  • Difficulty paying attention or focusing when someone’s talking

Yes, we know that these are behaviors that all kids and teens will exhibit at some point; however, it’s a concern for our Ventura, CA, pediatricians when these behaviors persist for months on end and they negatively impact every aspect of your child’s life, from school to social life. If this is something that you’re concerned about, then it’s worth seeing our pediatric team to determine whether your child could benefit from proper ADHD testing.

After all, these behaviors can also be indicative of other problem such as,

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Neurological disorders
  • Life stressors

If your child is showing all the signs of ADHD and it’s affecting everything from their schoolwork to their social life, then it’s time to turn to our Ventura, CA, pediatricians at Surfside Pediatrics for an evaluation. Call us today at (805) 643-7500.

By Surfside Pediatrics
May 21, 2018
Category: Health
Tags: ADD   ADHD  

Do you think that your child's behavioral problems may be caused by attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Our Ventura, CA, pediatricians, Dr. Kevin White and Dr. Stacey Lowen of Surfside Pediatrics, discuss the disorder and share common symptoms.

What are ADD and ADHD?

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder that causes a chemical imbalance in the brain. Although the term ADD was used for years, it's been replaced in recent years by ADHD. ADHD encompasses several sub-categories of the disorder, including primarily inattentive, which some people still refer to as ADD. Other sub-types of ADHD include primarily hyperactive-impulsive and a form that combines both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive types.

How can I tell if my child has the disorder?

The symptoms your child exhibits will vary depending on the type of ADHD but may include:

  • Difficulty focusing on small details, which can lead to careless mistakes
  • Boredom or trouble paying attention if lessons or activities aren't considered enjoyable
  • Doesn't always respond to questions or requests due to daydreaming
  • Trouble completing multi-step instructions, organizing work, or meeting deadlines
  • Difficulty controlling impulses or taking turns with other children
  • Failure to turn in homework, even it's complete
  • Inability to stop fidgeting, which may make it difficult to stay seated at school
  • Easily sidetracked when completing a task
  • Loses homework, clothing, pencils, eyeglasses, and other essential objects
  • Has difficulty playing quietly
  • Interrupts conversations or talks over other people
  • Trouble making friends and keeping them

What treatment options are available in Ventura for ADHD?

Because every child who has ADHD has different challenges, it's important to develop a treatment option that addresses your son or daughter's unique needs. Behavior and talk therapy can be very effective in helping your child control behavior that's considered inappropriate by other people.

Participation in a social skills group may be recommended if your child has trouble with relationships. During group sessions, your child will learn how to successfully interact with other children, recognize social cues and manage their emotions.

Medication might also be helpful, although it may be possible for your child to control his or her symptoms without medication, depending on the severity of the symptoms. Children who receive medication are closely monitored by our office to ensure that the drug prescribed works well and doesn't cause troubling side effects.

ADD and ADHD treatment can help your child manage his or her challenges. Call our Ventura, CA, pediatricians, Dr. White and Dr. Lowen of Surfside Pediatrics, at (805) 643-7500 to schedule an appointment.

By Surfside Pediatrics
November 09, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: ADD   ADHD  

Find out what makes these two attention-related disorders different from one another.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and attention deficit disorder are two terms that get bandied about a lot. They may often seem like the same thing from what you hear from those around you or read in articles, but our Ventura, CA pediatricians are here to clear up a few misconceptions surrounding these two conditions.

While both ADD and ADHD are brain-related conditions that affect how someone concentrates, the one big difference between the two is that those children who have ADHD are also hyperactive. Children with ADHD are often fidgety and can’t sit still. They may not be able to sit in their seat while at school and they are more likely to cause disruptions to a classroom.

On the other hand, children may have ADD without parents or teachers even noticing since there are no outbursts of energy or disruptions. Instead, they may be prone to daydreaming or being in a world of their own most of the time.

Of course, while ADD was once considered a subtype of ADHD, it seems as if things have changed a bit and even little ones with ADD are being placed under the blanket term ADHD. This has caused a bit of controversy with doctors and psychologists who believe that they truly are two different conditions.

Fortunately, regardless of whether your child has ADD or ADHD, the treatment options are the same. While your child will be prescribed medication from one of our Ventura children’s doctors, they will also need to go through behavioral modifications, which we can discuss more in depth during your visit. These modifications help your child implement different ways to cope to lessen their symptoms and make it easier for them to concentrate.

Is your child displaying symptoms of ADD or ADHD? If so, Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA is here to help. Don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call. We are happy to schedule your child’s next appointment at a time that’s most convenient for you. 

By Surfside Pediatrics
May 11, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: ADHD   Behavioral Problems  

What you need to know about behavioral problems in children

Sometimes it’s hard to know if your child’s behavior is part of the normal spectrum of developmental behavior associated with growing ADHDup and maturing. You can expect your child’s behavior to change as they grow, but sometimes outbursts or social isolation can be a sign of a potentially serious behavioral problem. Your doctors at Surfside Pediatrics, in Ventura, California, want you to be able to tell the difference.

Normal developmental behavior can include:

  • Defiant behavior; your child is most likely testing boundaries and showing independence.
  • Withdrawing from you; your child is most likely wanting to show autonomy and the need to do things on their own.
  • Acting out; your child may be responding to a major change such as moving to a new place, problems at school, divorce, or death of a family member.

There are some early warning signs of emotional behavioral disorders to definitely pay attention to. Your doctors at Surfside Pediatrics, in Ventura, want you and your child to come in for a thorough evaluation if you notice that your child is:

  • Harming or threatening themselves, other children or pets
  • Having trouble in relationships with teachers and other children
  • Generally depressed and unhappy
  • Generally anxious about school or relationships
  • Willfully damaging or destroying other people’s things
  • Lying, frequently arguing or stealing
  • Hostility and defiance toward authority figures
  • Doing poorly in school or skipping school
  • Early smoking and drinking, or using drugs

Your child may exhibit more developmental difficulties than emotional ones, as is the case with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD.

Symptoms of ADHD include:

  • Excessive squirming and talking
  • Losing or forgetting things
  • Frequent daydreaming
  • Being careless and making mistakes

If your child has behavioral problems, it can be difficult and frustrating, but you don’t have to deal with it on your own. Help is just a phone call away from your doctors at Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, California. They are experts in evaluating, diagnosing and treating children’s behavioral problems. Your child will be in good hands! Get some help for your child by calling today!

By Surfside Pediatrics
November 25, 2015
Category: Health
Tags: ADD   ADHD  

All children have trouble sitting still and listening to instructions occasionally, but when these behaviors are frequent, your child may have ADD/ADHD, which is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Formerly called attention deficit disorder (ADD), the condition is now referred to as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Doctors Kevin White and Stacey Lowen and nurse practitioners AddJulie Schreiner and Jennifer Simonds of Surfside Pediatrics share ADD/ADHD information with Ventura parents.

How do I know if it's ADD/ADHD?

Although ADD/ADHD must be diagnosed by a health care practitioner, the illness has a few hallmarks. The symptoms usually start when your child is young and typically appear before the age of seven. Doctors may make an ADD/ADHD diagnosis if symptoms have lasted longer than six months and affect at least two aspects of his or her life, such as home and school.

What are the symptoms?

Although the disease is now referred to as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, not all children are hyperactive. Instead, your child may have trouble paying attention in class. Symptoms vary from child to child but can include:

  • Boredom with activities that aren't enjoyable
  • Failing to complete homework or turn it in if it is completed
  • Poor impulse control
  • Making inappropriate comments
  • Constantly fidgeting or moving
  • Trouble staying seated while at school
  • Frequent daydreaming
  • Difficulty taking turns
  • Talking too much at school

How can I help my child?

Medication can help your child control his or her symptoms. All medications aren't equally effective for everyone. If the first medication doesn't help your child, your doctor can suggest another one. While taking the medication, your child will be monitored to make sure that he or she doesn't experience side effects.

Your son or daughter may benefit from participating in social skills training, particularly if she or he has difficulty getting along with other children. During training classes, your child will learn to successfully interact with other children and develop friendships. Behavior and talk therapy can help him or her control problem behavior and develop effective coping skills.

If you're worried that your son or daughter may have ADD/ADHD and you live in the Ventura area, call Surfside Pediatrics at (805) 643-7500. You'll be amazed at the difference proper treatment can make.



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