When a child is diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), it can be overwhelming. Sometimes families need help in adjusting to this diagnosis, especially if they see that their child is struggling with the symptoms of this condition. When seeking help, many families consider a child psychiatrist. But what is a child psychiatrist’s role in helping children who have ADHD? Today, Dr. Dwivedi Tarunendu, a psychiatrist in Rock Hill, SC, has some answers.

What is ADHD?

ADHD is a condition that causes inattentiveness and instances of hyperactivity. It’s more prevalent in children than in adults, although people of any age can be diagnosed with ADHD. Most people who have this condition find it difficult to focus on tasks, which can lead to problems at school or work.

What is a child psychiatrist’s role in treating ADHD?

A child (or pediatric) psychiatrist offers assessments and guidance for ADHD. Since psychiatrists have a background and credentials in medicine, they can offer a variety of treatments and therapies for this condition.

Can a psychiatrist diagnose ADHD?

Yes. Pediatric psychiatrists can also prescribe ADHD medication for your child if they consider that to be the best option for helping your child.

What does a pediatric psychiatrist do to help families deal with ADHD?

While child psychiatrists primarily treat the child, they also help the family understand how they can help, too. This is especially important. Children with ADHD need the help of a pediatric psychiatrist not only for their behavioral struggles, but to help them feel supported by their families as well. A psychiatrist helps families learn how to help their children succeed at home, at school, at activities, and at life in general.

If you’re looking for a child psychiatrist to help you manage an ADHD diagnosis, please call Dr. Dwivedi Tarunendu, a psychiatrist in Rock Hill, SC.