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ADHD Treatment Center
IN GREATER WASHINGTON
REGION

At Washington Family Psychiatry, Dr. Juneja has been managing and treating ADHD symptoms in children, adolescents, and adults since 2013.

Her expertise lies in accurately diagnosing the condition and devising a holistic and integrated plan, which may involve medication management, family-based interventions, therapy, and academic support.

Understanding ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neuro-developmental disorder that affects both children and adults and is characterized by a persistent pattern of inattention, impulsivity, and/or hyperactivity that significantly impairs daily functioning and quality of life. 

Organizational and sequencing skills are a particular challenge for children who have ADHD, and when they feel frustrated by their inability to understand such subjects, they may act out. Symptoms of ADHD can be mistaken for emotional or behavioral problems or may be missed entirely in well-behaved children. 

ADHD symptoms can appear before children begin elementary education and can continue into adolescence and adulthood. Generally, symptoms of inattention become more prominent with age and symptoms of hyperactivity lessen with age. 

A child is more likely to develop ADHD if either of their parents have the disorder. In fact, ADHD is among the most common mental conditions in children, with an estimated 6 million children, ages 3 to 17 years, having been diagnosed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More alarmingly, around six in ten children in with ADHD also have at least one other mental, emotional, or behavioral condition—such as anxiety or depression. 

While awareness about ADHD in children has risen in the recent times, ADHD in adulthood often tends to be overlooked due to missed diagnosis in childhood.

Signs of ADHD

ADHD symptoms in children and adults are typically classified under three categories: inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity.

* Please note if you or loved one has experienced many of these symptoms, it does not necessarily mean that they have ADHD. Consult a qualified psychiatrist for diagnosis.

Inattention

  • Recurring careless mistakes in schoolwork, work or other activities.
  • Inability to sustain attention in tasks or play activities.
  • Not listening when spoken to directly.
  • Incapable of following instructions and failing to finish schoolwork, chores or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions).
  • Has difficulty organizing tasks and activities.
  • Avoids, dislikes or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort (such as schoolwork or homework).
  • Losing things necessary for tasks or activities (e.g., toys, school assignments, pencils, books or tools)
  • Being easily distracted by extraneous stimuli
  • Being forgetful in daily activities
  • Hyperactivity

  • Fidgeting with hands or feet, squirming in the seat.
  • Inability to remain seated.
  • Running about or climbing excessively in situations in which it is inappropriate (in adolescents or adults, may be limited to subjective feelings of restlessness).
  • Difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly.
  • Talking excessively.
  • Impulsivity

  • Blurting out answers before questions have been completed.
  • Difficulty waiting for turn.
  • Interrupting or intruding on others.
  • Causes of ADHD

    ADHD has biological basis and genetics can play a significant role. It frequently runs in families. A child with ADHD has a 1 in 4 chance of having a parent with ADHD. It’s also likely that another close family member, such as a sibling, will also have ADHD. Sometimes,  ADHD is diagnosed in a parent at the same time it is diagnosed in the child.  

    HOW IS ADHD DIAGNOSED AND TREATED AT WASHINGTON FAMILY PSYCHIATRY?

    Dr. Juneja will perform a comprehensive evaluation to rule out medical and other psychiatric conditions that maybe presenting as symptoms of ADHD, so that an accurate diagnosis is made. As part of evaluation, we will coordinate with schools and/or teachers to provide information and to recommend accommodations or behavioral interventions. Information from schools and family psychological testing may be recommended to assist with diagnosis when symptoms are atypical or unclear.

    Treatment for ADHD may involve using medication, behavioral therapy, and classroom interventions. Both stimulant and non-stimulant medication can be effective in reducing symptoms of ADHD. 

    If you think your child has ADHD or you have behavioral problems that you don’t understand, call to book an appointment online.

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