It can look like perpetual daydreaming, forgetfulness, or even laziness. But having inattentive ADHD, previously known as ADD, doesn’t mean your child is inherently disinterested or lazy. It means they have a brain-based disorder that can interfere with their daily life. ADHD is very treatable.
If you suspect your child has this condition, get personalized support by contacting Monarque Health & Wellness in Ashland, Oregon. Our team of pediatric specialists can properly diagnose and treat your child.
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, has several subtypes. All types cause deficits in executive function, but the symptoms vary based on the subtype and the individual. Potential symptoms include:
- Difficulty planning ahead or staying organized
- Trouble completing tasks
- Difficulty controlling impulses
- Hyperactivity, which can cause trouble sitting still and fidgeting
- Trouble directing their attention — sometimes seeming unable to pay attention and other times hyper-focusing
While the hyperactive subtype of ADHD includes hyperactivity, inattentive ADHD — formerly called ADD — does not. Your child can also have the combination form of ADHD, which includes bouts of inattentiveness as well as hyperactivity.
Seek diagnosis and support
The first step in supporting your child when you suspect they have inattentive ADHD involves an exam with a health care professional who specializes in the disorder. Through an in-depth clinical interview with your child and analysis of their behavior, they can determine whether your child has at least six of the nine symptoms listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Fifth Edition (DSM-V) needed for diagnosis.
They may also administer screening tests to rule out or detect coexisting conditions, such as autism, anxiety, or a mood disorder.
Decide on treatment
If your child is diagnosed with inattentive ADHD, your specialist may recommend a combination of treatments. While each child and treatment protocol is unique, such plans can include:
- Behavioral therapy: to identify and shift potentially harmful behaviors
- Psychotherapy: to explore the emotional effects of the condition and find healthy ways of handling them
- Medication: to reduce symptoms such as inattentiveness
- Social skills training: to help your child adapt to social situations
- Training for parents: to help you adapt to your child’s needs
- Family therapy: to learn ways to collectively support your child
Working with a team of professionals can help you and your child navigate life with ADHD and ensure that the challenges are well-managed so your whole family can thrive. To make the most of your treatment plan, consider the following steps:
Remind your child that they are not flawed for having ADHD. Their brain merely functions differently. With good management, they can feel empowered and lead a rich, meaningful life.
Create healthy routines for your child. For some kids with ADHD, checklists and calendars work well.
Prioritize your own self-care. Doing so is important for your well-being and sets a positive example for your child.
You can learn much more by contacting Monarque Health & Wellness. We’d love to answer any questions you may have. Contact our office by phone or by using our convenient online booking tool.