ADHD Specialist

Charlene Johnson, MD -  - Pediatrician

Camp Creek Pediatrics

Charlene Johnson, MD

Pediatrician located in Atlanta, GA

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, more commonly known as ADHD, can affect your child’s ability to learn, interact with others, and finish tasks, among other issues. If you think your child may have ADHD, contact leading pediatrician Charlene Johnson, MD, at Camp Creek Pediatrics in Atlanta, Georgia, for an evaluation. You’re welcome to book your child’s ADHD exam through the website, or you can call the office to speak with a team member.

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What are the symptoms of ADHD?

As you probably know, children have short attention spans and are easily distracted. So how do you tell if your child’s behaviors are normal or if they’re something you should be worried about?

There may be some red flags to let you know that your child is exhibiting behaviors associated with ADHD. Common ADHD signs and symptoms in children include:

  • Having poor focus and difficulty paying attention (inattention)
  • Avoiding homework and other tasks that require concentration
  • Losing necessary daily items, like shoes, pencils, and glasses
  • Being fidgety or overactive (hyperactivity)
  • Acting without thinking (impulsivity)

You might also feel like your child is forgetful. Maybe they have a chore that they’re supposed to do every day — like take out the trash. Even though it may be simple enough for you to remember, if your child has ADHD, it may be difficult for them to keep track of daily tasks.

Why does my child have ADHD?

Medical researchers have been studying ADHD for decades. While a single cause isn’t known, physicians do find that several factors may be to blame. Your child’s ADHD might be associated with:

  • Exposure to toxins, including lead paint, at a young age
  • Family history of ADHD
  • Low birth weight
  • Brain injuries

Researchers also find a link between ADHD in children and cigarette smoking and alcohol and drug use during pregnancy. In any case though, if your child is displaying signs and symptoms of ADHD, it’s important to bring them in to Camp Creek Pediatrics for an evaluation. 

How does a pediatrician treat ADHD?

ADHD in children is entirely manageable with a combination of medications and lifestyle changes. Dr. Johnson may recommend any of the following ADHD medications:

  • Antidepressant medications 
  • Stimulants (to increase dopamine levels)
  • Nonstimulants, such as guanfacine or atomoxetine 

Dr. Johnson also helps you learn to help your child cope with ADHD. It’s helpful to:

  • Undergo therapy
  • Make lists of chores or tasks
  • Maintain a schedule
  • Use praise and rewards

With the help of the caring team at Camp Creek Pediatrics, you and your child can expect compassionate ADHD management care.

If your child is experiencing symptoms of ADHD, don’t hesitate to contact Camp Creek Pediatrics. Click on the online scheduler or call to book your child’s ADHD visit.