Children who have a diagnosis of ADHD require long term follow up because evidence is increasing that ADHD does not resolve as a child gets older. With aging, their hyperactive and impulsive symptoms improve. However, most children continue to meet criteria for ADHD as adolescents and adults. Children whose ADHD is untreated are at increased risk for developing substance abuse problems, high risk behaviors, poor self esteem, and school/work failure. As a parent, if you feel that your child is having difficulties with any of the three core areas of ADHD, inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, and it is adversely affecting their life in several areas such as school, home, social activities, you should discuss this with your pediatrician and make plans for a comprehensive physical exam with their doctor and psychological evaluation by a qualified psychologist or social worker experienced with ADHD. As pediatricians, we have seen the success stories of properly diagnosed and treated ADHD and will help you work out a plan that is best for your child.
This page was authored by Dr. Edward C. Davis