The Top 4 Questions You Should Ask Your Doctor about ADHD in Children

ADHD in Children

Treating ADHD in children can be very difficult but for parents, diagnosing it can be even tougher. If you suspect your child might suffer from ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) than it’s important you go to your child’s doctor immediately. While it’s possible to recognize symptoms on your own, you simply don’t have the training, knowledge or experience necessary to confirm the condition.

When you arrive at your child’s doctor’s office, there are four important questions you need to ask them.

  1. What is ADHD, and is it Real?The first important thing you need to ask your doctor is what ADHD in children  is all about. There is a lot of misinformation out there in the media (and especially on the internet) about what ADHD is, and if the disorder even exists. After all, it’s pretty easy to do a Google search and find ‘experts’ arguing that ADHA isn’t even a real condition.The best way to clear up this confusion is to sit down with your doctor and discuss the facts with them. You need to get on the same page as your doctor before any other question you need to ask will be of any value to you and your child.
  2. What are ADHD’s Symptoms, and How Do I Know if My Child Has it?Once you feel satisfied that you have a rough idea of what ADHD is (and once you believe it actually exists) you need to be able to identify whether your child likely has it or not. Ask your doctor for a full listing of symptoms, and for an explanation of when the symptoms your child exhibits might be due to some other, less serious issue.One of the problems with self-diagnosing ADHD is the fact that many of its symptoms are either attributable to other behavior problems, or that its symptoms aren’t actually severe enough to be diagnosable. Your doctor will have the depth of knowledge and experience necessary to diagnose a true case of ADHD, and not get fooled by a child who simply has a tough time sitting still.
  3. What Tests are Used to Diagnose ADHD?While you should trust your doctor’s opinion, it’s still a good idea to have a working knowledge of how they arrived at their diagnosis. Find out what tests they are going to run and what data they are going to collect before signing away on them. Discuss the results of these tests in detail with your doctor so that you understand the evidence supporting your child’s diagnosis.
  4. What Medications Will You Use to Treat My Child?Just as you want to get in depth with your doctor regarding how they accurately identified your child’s behavioral problem, you also want to get in depth about how they will treat this condition.ADHD medication is not weak, and it can be potentially dangerous. The two aspects of this medicine you want to discuss with your doctor is how effective the medicine they want to prescribe is, and what side effects it can produce in your child. Many behavior medications come with a whole host of possible negative side effects, and you want to make sure you aren’t exposing your child to any unnecessary harm.

    You also want to make sure that you have a thorough knowledge of how the medicine you and your doctor agree upon works. You want to make sure you know exactly how much your child needs to take, how often they need to take it, and for how long they will need to be on their medication.

    ADHD medicine is a serious matter, and it’s important you become as much of an expert on it as possible.

While you are likely to have a whole host of other questions you want to ask about ADHD in children, making sure you focus on these four will ensure that you cover all of the condition’s most important informational bases.

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