Answers to Common Children’s Health Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about pediatric health.

What is ADHD?

Dr. Mark Casdorph discusses ADHD. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What is ADHD?

ADHD is a chronic medical condition of the brain. It's an interruption in a chemical process involving dopamine. We all make dopamine and they found out that if you don't have adequate levels of it, you’re not able to filter out things in your mind. You're easily distracted, it's difficult to be organized, so what we do is we offer treatments to try to increase dopamine so they can filter out things and be able to get organized and stay on task.


ADHD – Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder – is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders to affect children. It also affects many adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Having ADHD can cause difficulty paying attention, trouble controlling impulsive behavior, and a need to be overly active.

The chronic medical condition of the brain is caused when the chemical process involving dopamine is interrupted, according to Premier Physician Network (PPN) physicians.

Without enough dopamine, it’s hard for our brains to filter things, which can cause us to be easily distracted and unorganized in our thoughts and actions.

If your child has ADHD, he or she might:

  • Daydream often
  • Find it hard to get along with others
  • Forget or lose things a lot
  • Have trouble taking turns
  • Make careless mistakes
  • Squirm or fidget
  • Take unnecessary risks

Talk with your doctor for more information about ADHD.

Learn more:

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD Family Practice; Christopher Lauricella D.O, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Paul Weber, MD, The Pediatric Group; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Lisa Wright, MSN, NP-C, Ann DeClue, MD; Mark Casdorph, DO, Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health

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