There is no uniform process for diagnosing ADHD in children. A thorough medical exam, hearing and vision tests, and other assessments will be used to rule out other issues. Parents, teachers, and other adults in the child’s life also play an important role in monitoring and documenting symptoms related to ADHD. After diagnosis, treatment usually includes a combination of therapy, medications, and lifestyle modifications.

Concussions are a common injury, particularly in athletes, older adults, and people involved in motor vehicle accidents. A violent blow to the head or sudden acceleration of the head (e.g. whiplash) can cause the brain to move back and forth violently inside the skull.

Concussion symptoms vary greatly. People with concussions may experience memory loss, confusion, headache, dizziness, nausea, ringing ears, blurred vision, and sensitivity to light. A common misconception is that people who experience a concussion lose consciousness. However, this is not always the case and a person may not realize they have experienced a concussion. It is important to remember that even mild concussions should be taken seriously.

In addition to emergency care to treat swelling, bleeding, and other symptoms, concussion patients can also benefit from mental health services. Concussions can be physically taxing, resulting in greater mental and emotional burdens. As part of a multidisciplinary team, a mental health counselor can help develop a treatment plan, work with patients to sort through feelings, and provide support as patients return to their daily routines.