Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder in children. It causes ongoing problems with attention, activity, and behavior. Raafat Iskander, MD, is an adult and pediatric neurologist at St. Marys Neurology Clinic Beverly Hills who specializes in diagnosing and treating ADHD and has special qualifications in pediatric neurology. To schedule an ADHD appointment, call the office in Beverly Hills, California, or use the online booking feature today.
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder, which means it affects the normal growth and development of the brain during early childhood. It’s one of the most common childhood disorders in the United States.
Children with ADHD may have ongoing problems with inattention, hyperactivity, or impulsivity. While it’s not uncommon for children to have difficulty focusing or sitting still, in children with ADHD, these problems are severe and affect learning and socializing.
Though once considered a childhood condition, ADHD is a chronic neurological disorder that continues into adulthood. However, symptoms of ADHD may change.
ADHD symptoms fall into three general categories: inattentive, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. However, people with ADHD may have one symptom that’s more dominant than the other.
Inattentive affects a person’s ability to focus and pay attention. They may have a hard time staying on task or completing an assignment. They may also struggle to stay organized and show up late to appointments.
Hyperactivity makes it hard for a person with ADHD to sit still. They may feel the need to fidget or stand up and move around. Talking too much and feeling restless are also signs of hyperactivity.
Impulsivity is doing something without first thinking about it. In ADHD, this may appear as interrupting conversations or making decisions without considering the consequences.
When you visit St. Marys Neurology Clinic Beverly Hills for an ADHD evaluation, you can expect a professional, patient-centered exam. Dr. Iskander is an experienced neurologist who works with children and adults.
Whether for you or your child, you can expect a comprehensive evaluation to get the right diagnosis and treatment. During your visit, Dr. Iskander may ask about symptoms and how they affect daily life.
He also performs a neurological exam to assess cognitive function and emotional well-being, while also looking for signs and symptoms of ADHD.
For children, Dr. Iskander may request you have your child’s teacher complete an ADHD rating checklist.
Treatment for ADHD may include a combination of medication and therapy.
Stimulant medication is the most common type of medication prescribed to people with ADHD. The medication increases certain chemicals in the brain that improve focus and thinking.
Non-stimulant medications work in a similar fashion, but the effects take time.
You or your child may benefit from therapy to learn how to manage your ADHD symptoms. It may include behavioral therapy or family therapy.
To schedule an ADHD consultation with Dr. Iskander, call the office or use the online booking feature today.