ADHD Specialist

Kansas Medical Associates, PA

Internists & Pediatricians located in Andover, KS

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic condition that affects millions of people around the globe, many of them without them even knowing it. Kansas Medical Associates, in Wichita, Kansas provide screening and evaluation as needed to make a proper diagnosis of conditions like ADHD. Additional evaluation by a psychologist is sometimes necessary. Once a diagnosis is made, they work with patients and families to manage this problem effectively.


What is ADHD?

ADHD stands for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. It is a condition that makes it difficult to sustain attention and control impulsive behaviors. It is earmarked by the need to move constantly. ADHD is often associated with children but a surprising number of adults have this problem, as well. Without a proper diagnosis, people of all ages with ADHD can suffer from secondary mental health issues like:

  • Depression
  • Difficulty making attachments
  • Low self-esteem
  • Poor performance
  • Anxiety

People with ADHD often struggle at school and work and have problems making friends and developing close relationships. There is no cure for this condition, although many children grow out of it. There are treatment options to help manage ADHD, though. The healthcare professionals at Kansas Medical Associates work with each ADHD patient to develop a care plan that fits into their lives.

How is ADHD diagnosed?

There is no specific lab test or imaging available for diagnosis of ADHD, so the practitioners at Kansas Medical Associates will follow the current clinical diagnostic criteria to make their diagnosis.

It will start with a physical exam that includes family history and current medical problems.

Screening also involves questionnaires for the people in the patient's life. The staff might interview or send a questionnaire to spouses, adult children, parents, teachers, caretakers, and coaches.

They will also refer to the ADHD criteria listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and follow ADHD rating scales to make their diagnosis.

There are many other conditions that look very similar to ADHD, so there is usually a thorough evaluation period prior to making a final diagnosis.

What other conditions are similar to ADHD?

Other conditions have symptoms that resemble ADHD. These include:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Speech disorders
  • Hearing loss
  • Vision problems
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Sleep disorders
  • Thyroid problems
  • Brain injury
  • Substance abuse

Even autism might be mistaken for ADHD. One patient can have multiple conditions, as well, like ADD or a learning disorder.

What is the treatment for ADHD?

Treatment for ADHD will depend on the severity of the symptoms, the age of the patient, and other potential medical issues. It's important to diagnose and treat all co-existing problems at once, which is why seeing a specialist at Kansas Medical Associates is so critical. Potential treatment options include medication management and behavior therapy.  If medication treatment is needed, gene testing to determine the most effective medication is available.