ADHD Specialist

Liberty Pediatrics

Pediatrics located in Liberty Park, Vestavia, AL

According to the American Psychiatric Association, as many as 5% of kids are living with ADHD, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. For those in and around the Liberty Park area of Vestavia, Alabama, Liberty Pediatrics and the care of Riley Livingston, MD, can provide outstanding diagnostic and treatment services for kids and their families as a whole. Make today the day you move closer to answers and solutions about your child’s behavioral health and book your appointment online or by phone.

ADHD Q & A

What is ADHD?

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is among the most common types of mental disorders that affect children. The condition is often first identified when a child begins causing disruption at school or in a childcare setting. 

Kids with ADHD can encounter a wide range of challenges when it comes to fitting in and benefiting from traditional learning and social environments. Problems can also develop at home when behaviors begin to fall outside the family norms or create disruption between siblings. 

What are the signs of ADHD?

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is grouped into three primary types. If your child exhibits several signs of ADHD, it may be time to consult a pediatrician for a diagnostic workup. 

Inattentive ADHD

Kids with inattentive ADHD often find it hard to pay close attention or follow detailed instructions. They can seem to ignore directions or appear to be daydreaming when spoken to. They might become easily distracted, lose their belongings, struggle to complete tasks, and have trouble with organization. 

Hyperactivity/impulsive ADHD

Kids with this type of ADHD are often unable to control their fidgeting and tend to run around or roughhouse at inappropriate times. They often seem to have too much energy and cannot sit still long enough to complete tasks. They can also interrupt others or use other people’s belongings without permission, or engage in risky behaviors. 

Mixed type ADHD

Kids with mixed type ADHD exhibit behaviors from both inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive ADHD. 

What is the diagnostic process for ADHD?

Diagnosing ADHD requires multiple different approaches. There is no single test for ADHD, so Dr. Livingston begins by discussing your child’s behavior with you in detail. Dr. Livingston may administer a screening checklist to your child that can help determine if ADHD is a concern. Information provided by your child’s teachers and caregivers is also part of the process. 

How is ADHD treated?

Treating ADHD is not a one-size-fits-all matter. Some kids respond well to medication that helps their brain focus more efficiently and assists in slowing down and engaging in self-control.  

Behavior therapy is also an option and can be used alone or in conjunction with medications. This approach helps your child develop the emotional, social, and planning skills needed to thrive.

Parent coaching and school support are also part of the process. The adults who surround and support a child with ADHD can make a world of difference in that child’s success, and Dr. Livingston can help you learn to adapt to your child’s specific needs. Call Liberty Pediatrics or schedule a visit using the online booking tool.