ADHD & Behavioral Issues

Comprehensive Pediatric Care

Zia Ghavami, M.D.

Pediatrician located in Ridgewood, NJ

At Comprehensive Pediatric Care, Dr. Ghavami discusses behavioral issues with his patients and families. If necessary, he refers them to a specialist for further evaluation and treatment.

ADHD & Behavioral Issues Q & A

What is important about pediatric behavioral health?

According to the Office of Adolescent Health, approximately 15% of children and adolescents today have a mental health disorder or condition. Understanding the unique needs of children affected by these conditions is crucial to their sustained wellbeing.

What is ADHD?

ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a medical condition which can affect adults and children. It is not entirely uncommon, and symptoms can worsen if not addressed. The disorder affects how children concentrate and his or her ability to stay still and focused, particularly at school. Children with ADHD have difficulty paying attention, controlling their behavior, and can be overexcited for extended periods.

What types of ADHD are there?

There are three types of ADHD which include:

  • Predominantly Hyperactive/Impulsive- Six or more behaviors fall under the hyperactivity section. These children have problems with acting up and working together with their classmates.
  • Predominantly Inattentive- Six or more behaviors can be grouped under inattentive symptoms. These children don’t miss out as much however they frequently have problems listening and paying attention for longer periods of time.
  • Combination- This is when there are six or more behaviors fall under both types, meaning that the child is hyperactive and inattentive simultaneously.

What symptoms are associated with ADHD?

When a child is significantly inattentive, impulsive, and hyperactive, it is a sign of ADHD. Also, issues with these behaviors will not improve but become worse over time. Inattentive children:

  • Learning something new is very hard
  • Are very easily distracted and extremely forgetful
  • Become bored very easily
  • When someone is speaking, they are not listening
  • Paying attention is extremely difficult
  • Focus on one thing intently is almost impossible

Impulsive children:

  • Interrupts others very often
  • Blurt out unacceptable words or phrases
  • Are not patient
  • Show emotions without any control

Hyperactive children:

  • Talk ceaselessly
  • Have to be in constant motion
  • Have trouble joining in quiet events
  • Squirm and fidget repeated