Condition Spotlight: ADHD

By: AvMed Health Tips AvMed Health Smarts, Behavioral Health, Pediatrics

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common disorder in children that can also affect teenagers and may continue into adulthood. People with ADHD usually have trouble with focus, attention and controlling their behavior.

They tend to be hyperactive and they may act without thinking things through. Common symptoms include:

  • Problems with concentration
  • Trouble staying organized
  • Difficulty remembering details

ADHD affects more males than females, and children as young as 3 can have symptoms. In all, 11 percent of American children have ADHD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. AvMed provides ADHD support through Magellan Health, our behavioral health provider.

If your child or adolescent is prescribed medication for ADD or ADHD, it is important for them to follow up with their doctor within 30 days of the new medications and then two more times over the next 9 months.

To reach Magellan Healthcare, call 1-800-424-4810.

 

EMBRACE | August 2018