Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - When To Call a Doctor
Call a doctor if:
Your child is showing signs of ADHD that are causing problems at home or
school. These signs include inattention,
hyperactivity. Parents and teachers often notice this behavior during the child's
first few years in school.
Your child shows signs of other mental
health disorders, such as
anxiety, that last more than a few weeks or seem to be
Your child is having academic or behavioral problems
Ask your doctor about his or her training
and experience related to ADHD. The doctor must be able to identify and distinguish behaviors that can be subtle and
complicated. Also, make sure that your doctor has enough time to
evaluate you or your child. Accurate diagnosis and successful treatment of ADHD
takes repeated office visits and observations. Your
doctor should also be able to coordinate between other health professionals,
family members, teachers, and caregivers.
ADHD may last into adulthood about a third to half the time, and some studies have shown that children with ADHD may be more likely than the general population to develop alcohol and substance abuse problems when they get older.