ADHD Specialist

At Network Family Care Center, Dr. Marco Caravaggio and his staff treat various health conditions that affect both the mind and body, including ADHD. The doctor offers his services to Ontario patients who live in the Markham and Toronto areas.

ADHD Q & A

by Dr. Marco Caravaggio

What is the Difference Between ADD and ADHD?

The main difference between ADD and ADHD is the hyperactivity factor. With ADD, the primary concern is the attention deficit issue. With ADHD, however, the attention deficit is compounded by hyperactivity. The inability to concentrate or remain on task for longer than a few minutes is a learning disability in itself. Add hyperactivity to the equation and you have a health condition that affects both the mind and body. Both ADD and ADHD are considered to be learning disabilities, but ADHD adds a physical element that can affect not only learning but the person's physical health as well.

How is ADHD Treated?

ADHD is treated somewhat differently in adults than it is in children. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be used to help adults change their habits and patterns allowing them to better manage their condition. With children and young adults, however, it is harder for them to manage the hyperactivity aspect of their disorder. Medications are extremely effective at helping to control a person's symptoms, but long-term use can cause health problems. Alternative therapies are available that help to bring the body back into balance and reduce many of the symptoms associated with ADHD. Chiropractic care and Network Spinal Analysis are both effective at releasing tension and stress associated with ADHD and ADD.

Hows is ADHD Diagnosed?

In order to be diagnosed with ADHD, a person must exhibit multiple symptoms at different times over a six month period. While diagnosing an adult is somewhat different than diagnosing a child, the ideology is still the same. A few of the most common symptoms include fidgeting, squirming, inability to concentrate for longer than a few minutes, is distracted easily, constantly losing items, and is constantly on the move. A child who exhibits one or two of these symptoms on a regular basis may or may not receive the diagnosis. But a child or adult who is constantly moving or changing the focus of their attention will definitely be a candidate for an ADHD diagnosis.

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Network Family Care Center
3160 Steeles Ave. East, Suite 216
Markham, ON L3R 4G9
Phone: 365-317-1411
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