There are uncertainties about which branch of medicine ADHD falls into. Is it in the realm of neurology, psychiatry, or another specialty?
Dr. Shay Menascu, a senior pediatric neurologist at Sheba Medical Center in Israel, explains, “ADHD is caused mainly by hereditary factors, but also by biological, developmental, and environmental components, and is often accompanied by learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, and drug and alcohol abuse.”
Sheba Medical Center’s Plan for ADHD
Sheba offers a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan for patients with suspected ADHD. Briefly, this in-depth approach includes:
- Questionnaires and interviews with a physician
- Assessment of attention and concentration during two meetings with a doctor
- Computer-aided diagnostics consisting of a MOXO test and Test of Variables of Attention (TOVA)
- One to two sessions of psychological therapy
- Guidance for parents and guardians
- Selecting appropriate medication if needed
What are the age limits for ADHD diagnosis?
Studies show that an infant’s inability to sleep for a full night at a relatively young age, around one-year-old, may be a precursor of ADHD. Additional signs become noticeable in early childhood.
These indicators include restlessness, hyperactivity, sleep difficulties, and lack of concentration. Clinical diagnostic procedures can be performed with children five years and older, but it is important to pay attention to changes in the child’s behavior that occur earlier.
If you feel that your child of any age is possibly showing signs of ADHD, you can contact us for advice and guidance. The earlier a diagnosis is confirmed, the sooner treatment can begin to improve your child’s quality of life.
Associated Effects of ADHD
Children or adults who have ADHD may also be affected by the following associated disorders: