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Specializes in Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine
288 Highland Avenue
Cheshire, CT
 

Dr. Kerline Vassell-Klaus' specialty is adolescent medicine. Dr. Vassell-Klaus's hospital/clinic affiliations include MidState Medical Center and Yale New Haven Health System. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She is open to new patients. Dr. Vassell-Klaus attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut for residency. Dr. Vassell-Klaus (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French.

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Relevant Interests: , attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD)

All Interests: Nutrition Counseling, Hearing Evaluation, Immunization, Attention Deficit Disorder, Vision ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine
435 Highland Avenue; Suite 110
Cheshire, CT
 

Dr. James O'Connor is a physician who specializes in adolescent medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. After attending the University of Massachusetts Medical School, he completed his residency training at Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Dr. O'Connor is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Nutrition Counseling, Sports Health, Immunization, Allergies, Attention ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Pediatrics
435 Highland Avenue; Suite 110
Cheshire, CT
 

Dr. Karalyn Kinsella specializes in general pediatrics. After attending the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Connecticut Children's Medical Center. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kinsella honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Kinsella is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Sports Health, Physical Exams, Hearing Evaluation, Immunization, Ear ... (Read more)

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What is Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD)?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is one of the most common disorders diagnosed in children. Nine percent of children in the USA have been diagnosed with ADHD. Symptoms, which include hyperactivity and difficulty maintaining focus or paying attention, can last into adulthood for some patients. Boys are four times as likely to be diagnosed as girls, although we don’t know why this is.

There are three main types of ADHD:
  • Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive types show symptoms such as constant fidgeting, talking non-stop, touching everything, having trouble sitting still and waiting their turn, and interrupting others.
  • Predominantly inattentive types tend to be distracted, get bored and wander off during tasks, forget things or instructions, daydream, and appear not to be listening. This type is sometimes misdiagnosed because they are not hyperactive and there are fewer behavior issues.
  • Combined types show symptoms from both categories. This is actually the most common type of ADHD.

When diagnosing ADHD, it is important to rule out other issues that may be causing the symptoms. Seizure disorders, hearing loss, anxiety, and domestic problems are some examples of problems that can cause behaviors similar to those seen with ADHD.

Treatment can include stimulant medications, behavioral therapy to teach patients ways to navigate their world and control symptoms better, and accommodations at school or work. A structured environment (with lots of organization and well-defined rules) seems to help most kids with ADHD function at their best.

ADHD is mainly thought of as a disorder that affects children, but symptoms can last into adulthood for a third to half of those diagnosed. In adults, ADHD has similar symptoms as when it is seen in children: impulsive behavior, difficulty maintaining focus, being easily distracted, or a tendency to fidget. These symptoms can cause problems in a patient’s careers and relationships. Additionally, adults with ADHD are at increased risk for substance abuse. Medications can be an important part of treatment for adults, as well as stress reduction techniques and organization skills training. Specialized ADHD coaches can help adults with ADHD manage their symptoms and succeed in all areas of their life.
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