How Does ADHD Affect Children?
A fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) since 1999, Dr. Rami Azzouz joined Bright Pediatrics in Dalton, Georgia, in 2010. Dr. Rami Azzouz treats children for a number of chronic conditions, including behavioral issues such as attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD).
ADHD affects between 6 and 12 percent of school-aged children. Because the condition makes it difficult to manage attention and impulses, students often display disruptive behaviors. Children with ADHD might make noise, speed around the classroom, or refuse to wait in line. Other students may be less disruptive but still find their attention drifting off and be unable to complete tasks.
Early diagnose of ADHD can help students function better at school and home. Left untreated, ADHD can contribute to interpersonal conflicts and poor academic performance, as well as a general feeling of being a “bad kid.” Treatment options require teamwork among parents, teachers, and health care professionals and typically involve a combination of parent training, behavioral school programs, and possibly medication.