What Parents Should Know About an ADHD Diagnosis

If you’ve just received a diagnosis that your child has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), know that you are not alone. In fact, according to the CDC, more than 6 million children have the neurodevelopmental condition. You’re likely familiar with the telltale symptoms, which include:

At Uptown Psych in Chicago, Illinois, we have years of experience helping families navigate ADHD. In this blog, our team shares key information for parents to know.

Causes of ADHD

As a parent, you want to know what’s causing this condition that’s negatively impacting your child. It’s important to understand that ADHD is a brain condition that directly impacts your child’s behavior and it’s not due to your parenting style or home environment.

While the research is still ongoing, it’s likely that ADHD has a genetic component. Other possible causes are environmental factors, food additives, sugar, brain injury, and developmental brain malfunctions or delays. 

Understanding how ADHD is diagnosed

At Uptown Psych, we work with you to analyze symptoms that your child exhibits in at least two different settings, such as home and school. We may use Conners Comprehensive Behavior Rating Scale, the SNAP IV Scale, or the Child Behavior Checklist to evaluate social consequences of your child’s behavior, physical symptoms, emotional problems, and language and learning problems. 

To arrive at a diagnosis, we talk at length with you about your child’s health history, developmental milestones, as well as conduct a comprehensive exam. We observe the guidelines in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual to appropriately and adequately diagnose your child.

Treatment Options for ADHD

Since ADHD is a chronic condition, we work with you to determine the right treatment for your child to minimize disruptive symptoms. Typically, we’ll recommend a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and medication. In some cases, it may be necessary to establish school and academic interventions as well. 

We often suggest that both parents and children join support groups or work with a mental health professional to deal with feelings of disappointment, frustration, exhaustion, and depression that come along with ADHD. Rest assured, we’ll walk with you every step of the way and be your trusted partner as you advocate for your child and assist them with this difficult condition.  

To get started with an evaluation or learn more about ADHD, call on our team today or request an appointment online. We look forward to working with you to help your child live a happy, healthy, productive life.

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