ADHD Specialist

Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan -  - Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician

Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan

Board Certified Internal Medicine Physicians & Board Certified Pediatricians located in Grand Rapids, MI

ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) can make children behave in ways that are difficult to deal with if you’re their parent or teacher. However, with help from the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan team in Grand Rapids, Michigan, your child can learn to manage their condition and live a happier, more fulfilling life. Call Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan today to find out more or book an appointment online.

ADHD Q&A

What is ADHD?

ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is a problem that causes children to behave in challenging ways. It’s a developmental disorder that begins before the age of 8 and often sooner.

The difficulties of dealing with a child before they get a diagnosis of ADHD can be considerable for parents and caregivers. Children might get labeled as having an attitude problem or needing more discipline. In fact, what they need is support and guidance.

Children who don’t receive a diagnosis continue to struggle with the effects of ADHD into adulthood. Rates of substance abuse, criminal behavior, and mental health problems are significantly higher in people who have ADHD, and it can be tough to build meaningful relationships or fulfill your career potential.

If your child is showing signs that could be due to ADHD, it’s essential to seek advice from the experts at Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan. They can make a diagnosis and help your child cope with their condition, which makes a tremendous difference to their prospects in life.


What are the symptoms of ADHD?

Children with ADHD have problems concentrating, which affects their performance in the classroom. They might frequently get into trouble for not paying attention or being disruptive.

Common signs of ADHD include:

  • Lack of focus
  • Behaving impulsively
  • Disregard for safety
  • Frustration
  • Anger
  • Fidgetiness
  • Limitless energy

If your child has ADHD, they might behave inappropriately by, for example, walking out of the room in the middle of a conversation. Some lose themselves in a dream world, and some are always on the go; some are both.

Most children display behaviors like these from time to time. However, if a child has ADHD, their behavior fits these patterns continually and consistently.


How is ADHD diagnosed and treated?

There’s no specific lab test that can confirm ADHD, so it’s up to the expertise of your doctor to diagnose the condition. The highly skilled team at Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan make their diagnosis based on a review of your child’s medical history and symptoms and talking to you and your child at length.

The standard treatment for ADHD is a combination of medication and behavior therapy. Stimulants and antidepressants can be helpful, but your provider at Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan will work with you and your child to find the most effective type of medication.

Behavior therapy sessions also help by giving your child more of an understanding of their ADHD and how to manage their feelings and behaviors.

Contact Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan for more information or book an appointment online. You can also use their telemedicine facilities to talk to the team remotely. Call today or use the booking form on this website.