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ADHD

Developing Minds NY

Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist located in FiDi (Financial District), New York, NY

More than 5 million children between ages 2-17 in the United States have a diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Behavioral problems at school, difficulty with social relationships, and an inability to sit still, concentrate, or complete simple instructions could indicate that your child or teen has ADHD. At Developing Minds NY, in the Financial District of Manhattan, Stephen Gamss, DO, provides expert ADHD evaluation to ensure a proper diagnosis, so you can ensure that your child has the best possible treatment options to meet their individual needs. To schedule an assessment, call the office in New York City, or book online today.

ADHD Q & A

What is ADHD?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neuropsychiatric condition characterized by inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive behaviors. When you have ADHD, the neural pathways and neurotransmitters in your brain make it more difficult for you to remain focused, sit still, and practice self-control. 

In children and teens, ADHD can interfere with learning, school performance, social relationships, and family life. This can lead to co-occurring conditions such as anxiety or depression.

What causes ADHD? 

The exact cause of ADHD isn’t fully understood. Genetics affect brain chemistry and most likely play a role in ADHD. Traumatic experiences and environmental stressors may also contribute to ADHD. 

It’s more likely to be diagnosed in boys. However, girls often exhibit inattentive symptoms rather than hyperactive symptoms, which might prevent them from obtaining a diagnosis of ADHD.

How do I know if my child has ADHD? 

Signs of ADHD in school-aged children and adolescents may include:  

  • Squirming, fidgeting, or needing to move constantly
  • Difficulty listening
  • Inability to play quietly
  • Excessive talking
  • Interrupting
  • Inability to complete tasks
  • Easily distracted
  • Easily bored
  • Disorganized
  • Difficulty maintaining friends
  • Reckless or risk-taking behavior

ADHD frequently co-occurs with other mood disorders and learning disabilities, such as dyslexia.

What services are available for ADHD?

Dr. Gamss and the team at Developing Minds NY provide professional evaluation, treatment solutions, and resources for patients with ADHD and their families. 

The team understands that your child is more than their diagnosis and strives to provide each patient with the skills to reach their own unique potential. 

Available services for ADHD include:

Diagnostic evaluation

For an accurate diagnosis, Dr. Gamss performs a comprehensive neuropsychiatric evaluation, including a 90-minute assessment session, a review of medical history, genetic testing, and input from your child’s teachers, medical team, and previous or current mental health providers. 

Medication management

Medication helps many children with ADHD remain focused so they can achieve their goals. Dr. Gamss monitors your child’s response to specific doses, tracks their ongoing progress, and makes adjustments when needed.

Comprehensive evaluation report

Developing Minds NY can provide a detailed report to your child’s school, outside agencies, benefits providers, and other entities. These reports are needed for services and support, which give your child the opportunity to learn and grow under the best possible circumstances.

To schedule an ADHD consultation, call Developing Minds NY today, or book online.