Childhood Disorder ADHD Best Managed with Concierge Medicine Focused Approach
The growing numbers of children who are diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is alarming. But many families who invest in their concierge physician, who know a child from infancy on, work hand in hand with specialists and monitor that child’s progress. Many concierge physicians are experts in alternative strategies to manage the disorder and prescribed medicine.
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the name of a group of behaviors found in many children and adults. People who have ADHD have trouble paying attention in school, at home or at work.
They may be much more active and/or impulsive than what is usual for their age. These behaviors contribute to significant problems in relationships, learning and behavior.
Statistically ADHD is more common in boys than in girls. You may be more familiar with the term attention deficit disorder (ADD). This disorder was renamed in 1994 by the American Psychiatric Association (APA).
Like Autism, ADHD and the spectrum of learning disabilities that are connected to it have dramatically risen in the last 30 years, and no one is sure of the exact reason, though there is much speculation.
Diet, environmental pollution, technology, and vaccines are all theories that many parents and doctors have, but none are proven entirely. Undoubtedly the best diets and pristine surroundings are optimal for all human beings, especially developing children.
The Wall Street Journal reports that reported cases of ADHD rose more than 30% over the past decade alone.
“Wider access to health-care services and increased recognition of the disorders mean more children are being diagnosed,” said Lara Akinbami, lead researcher for the report, which was published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “It’s unlikely that most of this is due to a new epidemic of ADHD,” Dr. Akinbami said.
The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics report that the prevalence of ADHD in children of families living below the poverty line rose nearly 40%, and it rose 50% among kids in families with income just above the poverty line.
If you think your child has ADHD, talk with your SignatureMD Concierge physician. A diagnosis of ADHD can be made only by getting information about your child’s behavior from people who know your child. Your SignatureMD doctor will ask you questions and may want to get information from teachers or anyone else who is familiar with your child’s behavior.
Your SignatureMD doctor may have checklists that you and your child’s teacher can fill out. This will help you and your doctor compare your child’s behavior with other children’s behavior.
Getting a child who is diagnosed with ADHD through school successfully is a multi-pronged approach. A family Concierge physician is a crucial part of an assembled team of experts that parents need to guide and support a child trying to navigate his or her academic studies.
With offices in Los Angeles, California and Richmond, Virginia, SignatureMD (signaturemd.com) is one of the nation’s largest firms providing initial conversion and ongoing support services to concierge medicine physicians. SignatureMD currently partners with more than 160 affiliated primary care physicians and specialists across 31 states, and its network is rapidly expanding.