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May 9, 2012 / drrobertcach

Frequently Asked Questions Concerning ADHD

An interview with Dr. Robert Cach, neurosurgeon and owner of Idaho Neurological Center

Q: What is ADHD?

Dr. Robert Cash: A neurobehavioral disorder, attention deficit-hyperactive disorder, more commonly referred to as ADHD, affects a child’s ability to concentrate and demonstrate restraint over inhibitions.

Q: When does one typically develop ADHD?

RC: Most doctors catch ADHD during childhood. In fact, roughly three to five percent of American children have ADHD.

Q: How many types of ADHD exist?

RC: Like many disorders, ADHD comes in several varieties. One type sees children unable to ignore hyperactive tendencies, another emphasizes inattention, and a third combines the two.

Q: How can I tell if a child has ADHD?

RC: Warning signs include symptoms stemming from difficulty concentrating, listening to instructions, and staying on task. For example, a child with ADHD often starts projects like homework or chores, but leaves them unfinished. They also have trouble paying attention to details and tend to fidget constantly when required to stay still.

Q: What treatments exist for ADHD?

RC: First, understand that no cure for ADHD exists. Some children leave it in their childhoods, while others simply learn to work around it as they grow older. Regarding treatment, medications such as Ritalin cut back on impulsive behavior and simultaneously increase attention span. However, medications alone rarely work. Adults in the child’s life, specifically parents and teachers, must collaborate to build a structure for the child that includes tutoring and behavioral therapy, if necessary.

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