ADHD Treatment Options | Family Practice in Keller, TX

May 30, 2017
ADHD Treatment Options | Family Practice in Keller, TX

When a child is diagnosed with ADHD, parents immediately ask “What now?” and “What are ADHD treatment options?” First off, don’t panic. ADHD is a disorder that effects the brain and behavior, and while there is no known cure there are several options that can help your child manage symptoms and thrive in life. The next thing to do is to get with healthcare professionals at a Keller family medicine practice or a medical clinic in Keller, TX to discuss options and the best course of treatment. Ideally, you also want to get with everybody involved in the child’s life, including teachers, coaches, friends, other family members. But this can wait until you meet with doctors to determine a treatment strategy. Three Options There are three treatment options for ADHD:

  • Behavior Therapy. This also includes training for parents, which is an important component to treatment and should not be overlooked or marginalized.
  • Medications. This includes stimulants and non-stimulants.
  • School accommodations and interventions. These are also important components to treatment and should not be overlooked or marginalized.

There are also natural remedies for ADHD, but they’re not the focus of this post. Age Considerations Understand th

May 23, 2017
When to See a Doctor about ADHD | Keller Family Medicine Practice

Understanding attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) isn’t easy. It’s nuanced and, depending on circumstances, it can be confusing. Is it a sickness? Or is it a disorder? Or condition? Is it terrible to have or something one can work through? And, if one suspects ADHD, who would he or she see for a diagnosis? One’s doctor at a family medical practice in Keller, TX? A healthcare professional at a Keller medical clinic? A psychiatrist? Psychologist? (What’s the difference between these two, anyway?) How about a therapist? A shaman? When to See . . . Someone To start one must realize that ADHD is not like the flu or a kidney stone. You just don’t go to see your doctor at the family medical practice in Keller, TX or stop by a Keller medical clinic when the pain gets too much to handle. ADHD takes time to manifest and this is taken into account during diagnosis. One doesn’t suddenly “get” ADHD like the flu. ADHD needs to be present for at least six months and not just on again, off again. If any symptoms or conditions disrupt your life, or your child’s, then the next step is to talk with a doctor at a Keller family practice or a healthcare professional at a Keller medical clinic. Who Can Diagnose ADHD? Family Docto

May 16, 2017
What is ADHD and ADD? | Family Medicine in Keller, TX

One question that is frequently heard at family medicine practices in Keller, TX in medical clinics in Keller, TX is: What is ADHD? Which is usually followed by: “Is it the same as ADD?” Or the combo question: “Is there a difference between ADHD and ADD?” The subject of ADD and ADHD is vast and often confusing because:

  • There is a crazy amount of information available on the internet. For every good piece of info there’s one that is suspect or inaccurate.
  • School-age kids all seem to have a friend or two diagnosed with ADHD or at least know of someone who is dealing with it. It’s very knee-jerk to think your child (or you) has ADHD by just reading about it on the web.
  • Parents seemingly are faced with the possibility of a child having ADHD more frequently these days — it’s a popular diagnosis for not only the kids but themselves.

Let’s start as basic as possible. What is ADHD and ADD? ADD is attention deficit disorder. ADHD is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. ADD did not include the term hyperactivity and ADD is no longer widely used, although it remains in the vernacular of many adults and parents. ADHD is a lifelong, persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity that interferes with functioning or development as a child or as an a

May 9, 2017
Family Medical Practice in Keller, TX | What Happens When Children are not Vaccinated?

So what happens if parents opt out of vaccinating their children? What are the risks? These questions are often asked at family medical practices in Keller, TX and at medical clinics in Keller. The answers are usually the same:

  • Essentially the diseases that vaccines were developed to protect children from getting remain a threat. The possibility of coming into contact with the flu, whooping cough, measles or chickenpox remains.
  • This is because children do not live in bubbles. They go to school, they come into contact with other kids on the playground, at a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese, even when going to Disneyland with their parents. There is no guarantee that the other children you kids come into contact with are vaccinated and free of the flu.

For this reason — and there are more, but let’s keep it simple — doctors in Keller family medicine and at medical clinics in Keller recommend parents vaccinate their kids. It’s not meant to be a scare tactic. The threat remains, and vaccines have been proven in study after study to be safe and effective protection. A few of the better-known preventable diseases include: The Flu Influenza, more commonly kn

May 2, 2017
Why Parents Opt Out of Vaccinating Their Children | Family Medicine Practice in Keller, TX

With as much information available today on immunizations and vaccines for children, with abundant evidence of effectiveness, it’s still interesting to see parents who opt not to have their kids vaccinated. Why is that? Why we don’t always see parents opting out of having their children vaccinated at a family medicine practice in Keller, TX or at a medical clinic in Keller, it does happen. Parents are always asking about what vaccinations are needed, why, and what are the risks if they don’t get the kids “their shots.” Safety Concerns The most common reason parents skip vaccines, according to various medical sources, is safety concerns — despite overwhelming evidence that vaccines are not dangerous. This claim is backed up in a 2013 report by the Institute of Medicine that found the U.S. childhood immunization schedule is effective with few risks. For examples, see below. Success Another surprising but makes-sense reason is that vaccines are a victim of their own success. As some doctors have said, vaccines are “so effective they take diseases like measles away” and parents forget they’re still dangerous. The old “out of sight out of mind” adage. So why bother? Too Much Information In this day of information overload, parents are inundated with news stories, websites, and bl

April 27, 2017
Immunizations: For the Kids | Family Medicine Practices in Keller, TX

Immunizations for children is a lively topic at family medicine practices in Keller, TX and at medical clinics in Keller. Before we address whether or not it’s a good idea to vaccinate kids, let’s understand what vaccines are, if they are safe, and if they have side effects. We’ll examine important reasons to vaccinate children, why parents choose not to vaccinate, and what the risks are in the next post. What is a vaccine? New parents going to a Keller family medical practice or stopping at a medical clinic in Keller often ask doctors and nurses about vaccines. What are they? They may have a vague recollection of being vaccinated as a kid, but that’s about it. In simple terms, when a germ enters the body the immune system recognizes them as antigens or foreign substances. The immune system kicks in and produces the proper antibodies to fight the antigens. It’s a pretty amazing process. Essentially, vaccines contain weakened versions of viruses. They stimulate the immune system to create antibodies that are sort of filed away to help protect you if and when you’re exposed to the virus in the future. Vaccines are particularly important to keep children healthy as their immune systems are still young and are not as strong to fight off viruses. When administered en masse, vaccines help

April 21, 2017
Immunizations: An Adult Perspective | Keller, TX Family Medicine Practice

Contrary to popular belief, immunizations are not just for the kids. Somewhat surprising in today’s information rich world, adults entering a family medicine practice in Keller, TX or stopping by a medical clinic in Keller don’t realize you need vaccines throughout your adult life. They are still important to one’s health. Here is a look at immunizations and vaccinations from an adult perspective: Some Diseases are Still Common in the U.S. Each year thousands of adults in the U.S. get sick from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines — some people are hospitalized, some even die. What people don’t realize is that, even if you got all your vaccines as a kid, protection from some vaccines wear off over time and as one becomes an adult. Additionally — people rarely think of these — you may be at “new risk” due to age, lifestyle, a job, travel, or health conditions. Exposure to harmful diseases doesn’t stop when one graduates high school. Can You Afford to Get Sick? One of the most prevalent comments heard at family practices in Keller, TX and around medical clinics in Keller or surrounding communities like Southlake or Watauga is “I can’t afford to get sick right now.” Reasons abound: a job, kids, an upcoming vacation. So why not ge

April 19, 2017
A Closer Look at Sinus Infections | Family Medicine Practice in Keller, TX

One of the primary reasons people go to their family medicine practice in Keller, TX or stop by a medical clinic in Keller is for sinus infections, but few actually know much about sinusitis other than their head hurts, their noses are stopped up, and their snot is gray-green. In this post we take a closer look at sinuses, sinusitis, symptoms, and when you should go to your family practice in Keller or visit the medical clinic in Keller. What are Sinuses? For a point of reference, sinuses are the spaces in your skull that make up the upper part of the respiratory tract from the nose into the throat. Sinuses, as you might expect, are in your cheekbones and behind your nose, but they are also in your forehead. When these become painful because of viruses, bacteria, or allergies, inflammation occurs in the tissues lining the sinuses. It’s known as sinusitis. Chronic sinusitis and acute sinusitis have similar signs and symptoms, but acute sinusitis is temporary often associated with a cold. Chronic sinusitis lasts longer and causes more fatigue. Symptoms of a Sinus Infection At least two of the four primary signs and symptoms of chronic sinusitis must be present with nasal inflammation for an accurate diagnosis. These are:

  • Thick, discolored (grayish or greenish) discharge from the nose

April 13, 2017
Seasonal Allergies: How Your Doctor Can Help | Keller, TX Family Medicine Practice

Spring just isn’t about warmer weather and planting colorful flowers in North Texas. It’s a time of runny noses, itchy eyes, sneezing and dreaded allergies. You doctor can help with the allergies, probably not with the spring planting. Here’s how: Way of Life in North Texas Having a family medicine practice in Keller, TX and running a medical clinic in Keller, we see many people suffering from seasonal allergies. In North Texas allergies are a way of life. Depending on the year and who is providing the ratings, the Dallas-Fort Worth area can rank among the Top 20 worst places to live for people with allergies or near the top in the 20 to 30 range. In the end it doesn’t really matter: Just know living in North Texas can be difficult for those with seasonal allergies. Part of the blame goes to North Texas’ long growing season and year-round mold problem. The area also has a high ragweed level; Dallas often ranks in the Top 10 locations for pollen count on any given day. What are Allergies? Before we get to what a doctor can do for you, the allergy sufferer, we need a brief understanding of what allergies and the symptoms. Allergy causes are usually from: Skin contact

  • Poison plants
  • Animal scratches
  • Pollen
  • Latex

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April 6, 2017
The Importance of Regular Physical Exams at Family Practice in Keller TX

Contrary to popular belief, physicals are not just for people entering the military or signing multi-million-dollar sports contracts. They are for everybody in your family. But why are physicals important? Better yet, why is it recommended that you have an “annual physical”? Do you really need one when, as far as you can tell, you’re perfectly healthy? Set aside for a moment that we’re a family medical practice in Keller, TX and we operate a medical clinic in Keller, which also serves residents in Southlake and Watauga. Yes, we’re all about family medicine and family healthcare in Keller. It’s what we do. But good doctors don’t just push regular physical exams to drum up more business. There’s sound reasoning behind the need for an annual physical exam. What is an Annual Physical Exam? An annual physical exam is the baseline, or foundation, for a successful healthcare strategy for every member in your family, regardless of age, and even they’re healthy. Especially when they’re healthy. In its most simplistic terms, a regular physical exam — which includes not only screening blood tests but also interaction with the doctor — provide a snapshot of your current health or the health of a spouse or kids. It’

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