Presbyterian Health Plan | Summer 2019 | Your Story
www.phs.org 3 Many children can have trouble focusing or behaving from time to time. This is normal for children of certain ages. As many as five percent of children will still find it hard to pay attention and control certain behaviors and over-activity that they do not “grow out of.” These problems can be a sign of a very treatable illness. This is called attention- deficit/hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD. ADHD is an illness that is usually diagnosed in childhood and can go into adulthood for some. Symptoms can include: a lot of daydreaming, forgetting things, talking a lot, not being able to sit still, carelessness, unable to resist temptation, and having trouble with other children. Children with ADHD can have trouble doing well in school if it is not treated. Children with ADHD can have problems with drug addiction, get into car accidents when they start driving, and have less self-confidence. Diagnosing ADHD is done by a behavior health provider or pediatrician. It usually involves having the parents and teachers answer questions, as well as interviewing and watching the child. Other issues and illnesses (such as depression or anxiety and vision or hearing issues) can look like ADHD. A full medical and behavioral evaluation can tell if it is ADHD. If you think your child may have ADHD, talk to your pediatrician first. He or she may be able to diagnose the symptoms. He or she may refer your child to a child behavioral specialist. There are behavioral interventions and medication that are safe and proven to work. Also, support from schools is available for school-aged children. ADHD is often inherited. Usually, parents of children with ADHD also have the disorder. Many of the symptoms of ADHD improve on their own as the child gets older. Many adults will still have attention deficit symptoms into adulthood. Treatment can help. Introducing PRESNow Urgent Care or ER? Now you don’t have to decide. Presbyterian Health Plan members now have a new choice for medical care. Presbyterian is proud to introduce PRESNow 24/7 Urgent & Emergency Care, Albuquerque’s only 24/7 urgent care and emergency care under one roof. With PRESNow, located at 6400 Paseo del Norte NE, you don’t have to guess if it’s an emergency because our medical staff will decide the level of care you need. Each patient is looked at by a clinician and treated for their condition. Our goal is to make care more affordable by avoiding the higher costs of emergency care if patients can be appropriately treated with urgent care. Our staff has board-certified physicians and advanced practice clinicians. We also have on-site laboratory and radiology services, so you can access care when you need it most. A second location is planned for the westside of Albuquerque in fall 2019 . Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children Walk-in patients are welcome and appointments are not necessary. We are open 24 hours a day. Visit PRESNow247.org t o learn more.