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dr.-nida-b-blankas-hernaez-md

Specializes in Pediatrics (Child & Adolescent Medicine), Hospital Medicine (Hospitalist)

225 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
(847) 297-4688; (773) 292-8324

(Average of 5 in 1 rating)

Clinical interests: Hospitalist, allergic disorders, asthma, newborn babies, preventive medicine, attention deficit ... (Read more)

Dr. Nida Blankas-Hernaez is a medical specialist in hospital medicine (hospitalist). She has a special interest in preventive care, asthma, and attention deficit disorders (ADD/ADHD). Dr. Blankas-Hernaez is an in-network provider for CIGNA Plans, United Healthcare Plans, and Illinois Health Connect, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Blankas-Hernaez (or staff) speaks the following languages: Filipino and Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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dr.-kendra-michelle-ward-md,-ms

Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology

2300 Children's Plaza, Cardiology Clinic; Box 21
Chicago, IL
(773) 880-4553; (312) 227-4000

(Average of 2 in 3 ratings)

Clinical interests: As a pediatric electrophysiologist, I follow pediatric and adult congenital patients with all types ... (Read more)

Dr. Kendra Ward's specialty is pediatric cardiology. Patients gave her an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests encompass pacemaker. Dr. Ward's professional affiliations include NorthShore University HealthSystem, Swedish Covenant Hospital, and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She takes several insurance carriers, including CIGNA Plans, Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS), and United Healthcare Plans. Unfortunately, Dr. Ward is not accepting new patients at this time. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Ward's medical residency was performed at Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago.

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dr.-mina-karen-dulcan-md

Specializes in Pediatric Psychiatry

225 East Chicago Avenue; Box 10
Chicago, IL
(312) 227-3413; (773) 880-4811

Clinical interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, child psychiatric ... (Read more)

Dr. Mina Dulcan works as a pediatric psychiatrist. Dr. Dulcan's clinical interests include attention deficit disorders (ADD/ADHD). She is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She attended medical school at Penn State College of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. Dr. Dulcan honors CIGNA Plans, Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS), and Illinois Health Connect, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Unfortunately, she is not accepting new patients at this time.

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dr.-sarah-courtney-bauer-md

Specializes in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics

225 E Chicago Avenue; Box 2
Chicago, IL
(312) 227-6110; (312) 227-4000

(Average of 5 in 1 rating)

Clinical interests: Developmental--Behavioral Pediatric, Autism spectrum disorders; learning disorders; intellectual ... (Read more)

Dr. Sarah Bauer practices developmental behavioral pediatrics. Her areas of clinical interest consist of autism and related disorders (pervasive developmental disorders), cognitive disorders, and attention deficit disorders (ADD/ADHD). She takes CIGNA Plans, Viant, and Aetna EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bauer attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center for residency. Dr. Bauer is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Central DuPage Hospital.

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dana-m-brazdziunas-md

Specializes in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics

225 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
(312) 227-4000; (630) 933-2350

(Average of 5 in 2 ratings)

Clinical interests: Developmental--Behavioral Pediatric, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental-Behavioral ... (Read more)

Dr. Dana Brazdziunas is a medical specialist in developmental behavioral pediatrics. She speaks Lithuanian. She is especially interested in autism and related disorders (pervasive developmental disorders) and attention deficit disorders (ADD/ADHD). Dr. Brazdziunas is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Central DuPage Hospital. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and performed her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. CIGNA Plans, Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS), and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Brazdziunas accepts.

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dr.-marie-k-philobos-md

Specializes in Pediatrics (Child & Adolescent Medicine)

2300 N Childrens Plaza
Chicago, IL
(773) 880-6903; (630) 985-5700

(Average of 3 in 10 ratings)

Clinical interests: Pediatrics, inpatient consultant, urgent care services, ADD, ADHD, Allergies, Asthma, Bedwetting, ... (Read more)

Dr. Marie Philobos is a pediatrician. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Philobos's areas of expertise include the following: allergies, behavior problems, and asthma. Her professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital. She accepts several insurance carriers, including CIGNA Plans, United Healthcare Plans, and Illinois Health Connect. After attending Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Philobos completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. In addition to English, she speaks Arabic.

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dr.-sigita-plioplys-md

Specializes in Pediatric Psychiatry

225 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
(312) 227-4000; (312) 227-6000

(Average of 5 in 1 rating)

Clinical interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Pediatric neuropsychiatry, emotional and learning ... (Read more)

Dr. Sigita Plioplys' medical specialty is pediatric psychiatry. Her areas of expertise consist of neurological disorders and behavioral medicine. Dr. Plioplys's professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including CIGNA Plans, Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS), and Illinois Health Connect. She graduated from Vilnius University. For her professional training, Dr. Plioplys completed residency programs at Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Plioplys (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Lithuanian and Russian.

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dr.-james-g-mackenzie-do

Specializes in Pediatric Psychiatry

NMH/Onterie Building, Suite 7-100; 446 E Ontario
Chicago, IL
(312) 227-3408; (312) 227-4000

(Average of 5 in 4 ratings)

Clinical interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Consultation/liaison services, identification and treatment of ... (Read more)

Dr. James Mackenzie is a physician who specializes in pediatric psychiatry. Dr. Mackenzie's education and training includes medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He is rated highly by his patients. He takes CIGNA Plans, Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS), and Illinois Health Connect, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mackenzie is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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dr.-sara-jafri-qazi-md,-mbbs

Specializes in Pediatric Hospital Medicine

225 E Chicago Avenue; Box 152
Chicago, IL
(847) 618-6323; (847) 618-6400

Clinical interests: Worked extensively with patients with ADHD, with long term follow up and comorbidities. Started ... (Read more)

Dr. Sara Qazi, who practices in Waukegan, IL, Arlington Heights, IL, and Chicago, IL, is a medical specialist in pediatric hospital medicine. After completing medical school at Dow Medical College, she performed her residency at Children's National Medical Center and George Washington University Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Qazi include attention deficit disorders (ADD/ADHD), hospital medicine, and obesity. Community Care Network (CCN), Viant, and Illinois Health Connect are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Qazi accepts. She speaks Urdu. She is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwest Community Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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dr.-lisa-g-sorensen-phd

Specializes in Psychology

225 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
(773) 880-4800; (312) 227-4000

Clinical interests: Neuropsychological assessment only: solid organ transplant, stem cell transplant, brain tumor, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lisa Sorensen works as a psychologist. She takes several insurance carriers, including Community Care Network (CCN), Viant, and Illinois Health Connect. In addition to English, Dr. Sorensen speaks Italian. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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These providers have not listed attention deficit disorders as a clinical interest or area of expertise, but have specialized in a related field: psychiatry, psychology, developmental behavioral pediatrics, neuropsychology, pediatric psychiatry, and/or child psychology.
scott-f-leibowitz-md

Specializes in Pediatric Psychiatry

NMH/Onterie Building, Suite 7-100; 446 E Ontario
Chicago, IL
(312) 227-4000; (312) 227-6650

Clinical interests: Gender identity, sexuality, gender nonconformity, adolescent medicine liaison

Dr. Scott Leibowitz's medical specialty is pediatric psychiatry. Dr. Leibowitz's hospital/clinic affiliations include Children's Hospital Boston, Boston Children's Hospital, and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. He attended Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Children's Hospital Boston, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine for residency. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Viant, Illinois Health Connect, and WEA Insurance Group. He has received the following distinction: Prism Award, Boston Children's Hospital LGBT group. Unfortunately, Dr. Leibowitz is not currently accepting new patients.

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dr.-thomas-kenneth-cummins-md

Specializes in Pediatric Psychiatry

225 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
(312) 227-4000; (312) 227-6000

Clinical interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Hospital-based treatment of children and adolescents with ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Cummins practices pediatric psychiatry. He is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Cummins attended the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. He is in-network for CIGNA Plans, Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS), and Illinois Health Connect, as well as other insurance carriers.

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dr.-margery-ruth-johnson-md

Specializes in Pediatric Psychiatry

NMH/Onterie Building, Suite 7-100; 446 E Ontario
Chicago, IL
(773) 880-8391; (312) 227-6000

Clinical interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Outpatient treatment, mood and anxiety disorders

Dr. Margery Johnson's area of specialization is pediatric psychiatry. Dr. Johnson attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then went on to complete her residency at Tufts Medical Center. CIGNA Plans, Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS), and Illinois Health Connect are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Johnson honors. She is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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dr.-julie-a-rinaldi-phd

Specializes in Psychology

NMH/Onterie Building, Suite 7-100; 446 E Ontario
Chicago, IL
(773) 880-4800; (312) 227-4000

Clinical interests: Preschool children with behavioral and emotional problems, anxiety disorders, parent training, ... (Read more)

Dr. Julie Rinaldi is a psychologist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rinaldi include neglect and anxiety disorders. She is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is an in-network provider for Community Care Network (CCN), Viant, and Illinois Health Connect, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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dr.-julie-mary-sadhu-md

Specializes in Pediatric Psychiatry

NMH/Onterie Building, Suite 7-100; 446 E Ontario
Chicago, IL
(773) 880-4000; (312) 227-4000

(Average of 5 in 1 rating)

Clinical interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Julie Sadhu's area of specialization is pediatric psychiatry. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sadhu is an in-network provider for Community Care Network (CCN), Viant, Illinois Health Connect, and more. She is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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dr.-poonam-jha-md

Specializes in Pediatric Psychiatry

NMH/Onterie Building, Suite 7-100; 446 E Ontario
Chicago, IL
(312) 227-4000; (312) 227-6000

Clinical interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Outpatient services: evaluations and treatment of anxiety ... (Read more)

Dr. Poonam Jha specializes in pediatric psychiatry and practices in Chicago, IL. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Jha is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. For her residency, Dr. Jha trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. She honors CIGNA Plans, Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS), and Illinois Health Connect, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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What are Attention Deficit Disorders (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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