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How can a pediatrician help my child with ADHD?

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The same doctor that takes care of your child's overall health can treat ADHD, too. The doctor will map out an action plan that's based on guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics. If your child is 4 to 5 years old, that will likely mean behavior therapy. If your child is 6 or older, medicine will also be part of it. Since other conditions sometimes tag along with ADHD, your pediatrician may also test your child for things like anxiety, depression, and learning disorders such as dyslexia.

SOURCES: CDC: "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)." Felt, B. , October 2014. Wolraich, M. , November 2011. National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder." Child Mind Institute: "Pediatricians and ADHD." The American Occupational Therapy Association: "ADHD." U.S. Department of Education: "Identifying and Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder."






American Family PhysicianPediatrics

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on April 22, 2018

SOURCES: CDC: "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)." Felt, B. , October 2014. Wolraich, M. , November 2011. National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder." Child Mind Institute: "Pediatricians and ADHD." The American Occupational Therapy Association: "ADHD." U.S. Department of Education: "Identifying and Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder."






American Family PhysicianPediatrics

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on April 22, 2018

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