Serving Patients Near Evanston and Wilmette
If someone in your family has been diagnosed with ADHD, then you may be searching for ADHD specialist in the North Shore Chicago area. At AFG Family Guidance Center, we understand how important it is to find a good specialist who can meet the needs of your family. This is why our staff provides quality psychiatric and psychological care to children utilizing a multidisciplinary approach. We are conveniently located to families near Evanston, Northbrook, Wilmette and Skokie.
What is ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, more commonly known as ADHD, is a brain disorder that can affect children differently. If left untreated, this issue can cause a child to be restless, misbehave and prevent him or her from learning in school.
What are the Symptoms of ADHD?
Inattention, hyperactivity and impulse control are not symptoms that are exclusive to children with ADHD, but the symptoms tend to be more pronounced in those who are affected. Although ADHD affects everyone differently, the following behaviors are the most commonly observed issues:
ADHD can cause a child to have difficulty paying attention. Children who are inattentive tend to be disorganized and may give up on tasks easily. Many parents mistake these behaviors as simply misbehaving, but in children with ADHD, they are not making an intentional choice to behave this way.
Hyperactivity causes a child to feel the need to move or fidget, even in situations where it may not be appropriate. If you notice that your child frequently taps his or her fingers, rapidly moves his or her legs when sitting or simply talks an above-average amount, ADHD may be causing this behavior.
Typically, even children without ADHD need to learn impulse control over time. But, if your child doesn’t seem to “grow out of” the pattern of making decisions without thinking or interrupting others, the disorder could be the cause.
What are the Causes of ADHD?
There are several options for treating a child with ADHD. With appropriate care, a child can manage symptoms and can begin to better focus in school and at home. Common treatment options include:
- Therapy: to help a child learn to manage his or her symptoms.
- Parent Training: to help create an environment that will allow their child to thrive.
- Medication: to decrease severe symptoms.
- School Intervention: to make teachers aware of any necessary accommodations.
Schedule an Appointment for ADHD
Contact one of our clinicians in the North Shore today to schedule a consultation for your child.