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ADD Specialist

Nashville Health Pro

Family Medicine, Functional Medicine, and Dermatology located in Bellevue in West, Nashville, TN

Behavioral health is an essential part of overall health, and for parents, kids, or adults struggling with an ADD or ADHD diagnosis, finding a partner in that process is critical. Tamera Thoener, FNP-C, Kim Huang, AGNP-C, and the team at Nashville Health Pro in Nashville, Tennessee, offer a wide range of services to help your family navigate a new diagnosis and find pathways toward success. Booking a visit is as simple as a phone call or a few moments on the online scheduling page.

ADD Q & A

What are ADD and ADHD?

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is a common neurological disorder that is often first diagnosed in childhood. Attention-deficit disorder is a type of ADHD, but many people commonly use the terms interchangeably. 

Within ADHD, there are several subtypes. 

Predominantly inattentive presentation

Kids with this form of ADHD often struggle to finish tasks or follow lengthy instructions. They may not be able to follow conversations and could find it hard to remember daily routines. 

Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive presentation

This type of ADHD often leaves kids unable to stay still for lengthy periods of time. They may become restless and begin to run, climb, or jump at inappropriate times. Kids with this form of ADHD will also frequently interrupt others and struggle to wait their turn during school or play. 

Combined presentation

Kids with a combined form of ADHD will exhibit symptoms from both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive ADHD. 

Determining which type of ADHD with which a child is struggling is the first step in finding a treatment path. 

When should I bring my child in for an ADHD assessment?

It can be hard for parents to determine if a child has ADHD because many of the symptoms are normal parts of childhood. All kids will sometimes find it hard to sit still, and inattention is commonly a problem among kids of all ages. 

The best way to know it’s time to bring your child in for an ADHD assessment is when their behaviors begin to get in the way of their success and happiness at home, at school, or in social settings with their peers. Often, teachers or caregivers are the first to notice that behavior is not in line with a child’s peers and will recommend an assessment. 

How can I help my child with ADHD succeed?

Don’t let an ADHD diagnosis overwhelm you. Many other parents have gone through the same experience, and advancements in behavioral research and treatments have come a long way in recent years.

The practitioners at Nashville Health Pro are highly skilled in treating ADHD as well as associated diagnoses like anxiety and depression. That process begins with a thorough evaluation to let the care team get to know your child and learn more about their specific set of needs. 

Parent involvement is also a big part of the process. You’ll learn how to manage behavioral issues at home, as well as how to advocate for your child at school. Treatment often includes a combination of prescription medication, supplements, and behavioral therapy. 

Nashville Health Pro also offers GeneSight® DNA testing, an advanced option that analyzes how your child’s body is likely to respond to various medications. This allows for far more targeted therapy than what was available just a few short years ago. 

Supplements from Standard Process®, Ortho Molecular Products®, Omax®, and Metagenics® can also play a role in your child’s treatment plan. Your practitioner will explain the benefits of each option and help you choose the best possible course of action for your child.

If you have questions or concerns about ADHD treatment options, call Nashville Health Pro today to schedule a visit. Online booking is also available and takes just moments to complete.