ADD / ADHD Specialist

Nyack Pediatrics

Maureen Cooney, DO

Pediatrician located in Nyack, NY

Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is a common condition that affects an estimated 1 out of every 20 American children. For families living in and around Nyack, New York, Maureen Cooney, DO offers thorough diagnostic and treatment services for ADHD. Call Nyack Pediatrics today or schedule your appointment online using the booking tool.

ADD / ADHD

What is ADHD?

ADHD stands for attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, a common condition among children and adults. The term is used interchangeably with ADD, or attention deficit disorder, but the American Psychiatric Association only acknowledges ADHD.

Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder, characterized by poor attention, lack of impulse control, and hyperactivity. There are various types of ADHD:

Inattentive

Kids with ADHD are often easily distracted and have trouble focusing on one task for any significant length of time. They aren’t able to listen to or follow directions well and rarely finish a task they begin. They might seem forgetful or absent-minded.

Impulsive

Kids with ADHD will act quickly without thinking through the consequences. They often find it difficult to wait their turn and will sometimes grab or push or take things that don’t belong to them. Having overly strong emotional reactions is also common among kids with ADHD.

Hyperactive

Kids with ADHD can find it challenging to sit still or stay quiet. They often climb, run, or play rough at the wrong times and will seem to rush through tasks to get to the next thing. This behavior is often disruptive to others.

Knowing what to look for can help parents determine when it’s time to see Dr. Cooney for a professional diagnostic exam.

How is ADHD diagnosed?

There isn’t a single test for ADHD. Diagnosis focuses on assessing your child’s specific behaviors and habits. Dr. Cooney performs a routine health check to determine if a medical condition or learning issue might be causing your child’s symptoms.

Dr. Cooney will ask about your child’s behavior at home or in school. Often, teachers and school administrators are the first ones to spot the signs of ADHD and suggest that parents bring their child in for an evaluation.

Many kids with ADHD also have mood or anxiety issues, defiant behavior patterns, and learning challenges. Determining the full range of challenges your child faces is key to creating a treatment plan that can help.

What can be done to treat ADHD?

Treating ADHD requires a multifaceted approach. There are medications that can help, but pharmaceutical interventions alone are not the best treatment path.

Your child also needs to develop and practice the skills they need to navigate the world. That requires behavior therapy, an approach that helps your child recognize when his or her behavior is disruptive and then make choices that are better suited to the environment.

Another aspect of treating ADHD is parent education and support. Dr. Cooney recognizes the strain that ADHD places on the entire family and can help you learn techniques to help your child succeed at school and in other social settings.

When you’re ready to find answers and solutions to your child’s behavior challenges, schedule an appointment with Dr. Cooney online or by phone.