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ADHD Specialist

Jaime E. Bernal, MD -  - Pediatrics

Bernal Pediatric Clinic

Jaime E. Bernal, MD

Pediatrics located in McAllen, TX

While ADHD is often diagnosed in childhood, the disorder can interfere with your child’s life into adulthood. To help your child better manage symptoms of ADHD now and in the future, Jaime E. Bernal, MD, offers effective treatment plans at Bernal Pediatric Clinic in McAllen, Texas. Using the latest diagnostic techniques and behavioral screenings, Dr. Bernal learns more about how ADHD affects your child’s life and provides comprehensive guidance to ensure your child thrives at home and at school. Find out more about ADHD management options by calling the office today or scheduling a consultation online.

ADHD

What is ADHD?

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral condition that makes it difficult for your child to stay focused. Children with ADHD can also struggle to control impulsive behaviors, and they may appear persistently restless.

There isn’t a clear understanding of what causes ADHD in children, but factors that can influence the development of the disorder include:

  • Brain injuries
  • Low birth weight
  • Environmental toxins

Your child may also be at increased risk for ADHD if your family has a history of the condition.

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

While many children without ADHD can exhibit behavioral issues and a lack of focus, those with the disorder may show a pattern of symptoms that disrupt their life at home, school, and in social environments.

You may notice symptoms of ADHD in your child that include:

  • Failing grades
  • Forgetfulness
  • Chronic disorganization
  • Difficulties following direction

Your child may be easily distracted, making it difficult for them to sit still during homework or other organized activities.

The hyperactivity part of the disorder may cause your child to constantly fidget, interrupt conversations, or act inappropriately in private and public environments.

When these symptoms begin to negatively impact your child’s health and welfare, schedule a behavioral screening with Dr. Bernal to determine if they relate to ADHD.

How does a pediatrician diagnose ADHD?

Dr. Bernal takes the time to listen to your concerns about symptoms that disrupt your child’s life. He can perform specific behavioral assessments using age-appropriate language to evaluate your child’s overall health and development.

In some cases, Dr. Bernal may recommend diagnostic testing, such as bloodwork, to rule out underlying medical conditions that can cause similar symptoms.

What treatments are available for ADHD?

There is no cure for ADHD but with Dr. Bernal’s help, you and your child can learn to manage symptoms effectively. Depending on the severity of your child’s symptoms, Dr. Bernal may recommend one or more treatments that can help your child thrive in school and at home. These treatments may include:

  • Oral medications
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Lifestyle and diet changes

Dr. Bernal can also work with your child’s school and other organizations, providing recommendations and resources to ensure your child has what they need to be successful. He also assists your family in developing skills to better manage your child’s ADHD symptoms.

If you have concerns about changes in your child’s behavior or you suspect they have ADHD, schedule an evaluation today using the online booking feature or by calling the office.