ADHD Evaluation in Naperville, Plainfield, and Joliet, IL

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that manifests in persistent patterns of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. These feelings can interfere with daily functionality and make it hard to succeed. ADHD often occurs in childhood and can make it difficult for your child to focus on schoolwork and thrive in their classes. Dr. Anjali Kher, Dr. Mary Callahan, Dr. Maureen DelaCruz, and Dr. Sanjay Pethkar at Suburban Healthcare Associates in Naperville, Plainfield, and Joliet, IL, can explain ADHD and how it can affect your child.

Understanding What ADHD Is

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects individuals of all ages, though symptoms often manifest during childhood and may persist into adulthood. This can impact executive functioning, including attention, impulse control, and behavior regulation. In turn, ADHD can lead to challenges in various aspects of life, such as school, work, and relationships.

Symptoms can often include:

  • Inattention
  • Difficulties finishing tasks or following instructions
  • Hyperactivity
  • Restlessness
  • Impulsivity
  • Engaging in risky behaviors

ADHD can be classified as predominantly inattentive presentation, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive presentation, or combined presentation. There isn’t an exact cause of ADHD, but it is believed to be a combination of genetic, environmental, and neurological factors.

ADHD is typically diagnosed through a comprehensive evaluation conducted by your family medicine doctor or pediatrician. The evaluation may include a thorough medical history, observation of behavior, symptom assessment using standardized rating scales, and ruling out other possible explanations for symptoms. Your doctor may also watch your child play to understand how they function and react.

Treatment often involves lifestyle changes and creating a schedule your child can follow. Your doctor may also recommend behavioral therapy and making accommodations in your child’s daily life. In some cases, medication may be needed.

Untreated or poorly managed ADHD can lead to various complications, including academic and occupational difficulties, impaired social relationships, low self-esteem, behavioral problems, substance abuse, and increased risk of accidents and injuries. While it is not possible to prevent ADHD entirely, early identification and intervention can help mitigate its impact and improve outcomes.

It’s important to ask questions about ADHD and how it can affect you and your child. You may want to ask about what resources are available, how often you or your child should be monitored and reassessed, and what lifestyle changes might be needed.

Contact Our Family Medicine Doctors Today

Make sure you understand how ADHD can affect you and your child. Contact Dr. Anjali Kher, Dr. Mary Callahan, Dr. Maureen DelaCruz, and Dr. Sanjay Pethkar at Suburban Healthcare Associates at (331) 253-5583 for Naperville, IL, (815) 240-0670 for Plainfield, IL, and (815) 240-0661 for Joliet, IL, to learn more about ADHD and your child.

Our Locations

Naperville Location


2776 Forgue Drive, Suite 100,
Naperville, IL 60564

Joliet Location


1421 Essington Rd.,
Joliet, IL 60585

Plainfield Location


13415 Illinois Rte 59,
Plainfield, IL 60585