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ADHD Behavior Therapy
What is the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
The Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is mainly the co-existence of hyperactivity and attention problems. It can manifest itself later on, but it usually starts before seven years of age. It affects about 5% of children globally and it is a chronic disorder (symptoms continue into adulthood).
In terms of gender differentiation, it is diagnosed to twice more boys than girls.
Signs and Symptoms of ADHD
The following symptoms depict the behavior of the average ADHD patient. (others may occur)
- Be easily distracted and unable to pay attention to a single activity;
- Becoming bored easily - even after some few minutes of starting the activity;
- Difficulty in following instructions and/or directions;
- Constantly daydreaming;
- Non-stop talking;
- Trouble Sitting
- Unable to wait for something, for example his turn on a board game;
By verifying and analyzing most of these symptoms and discarding underlying physical problems, mental health professionals can diagnose ADHD and start the treatment.
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Behavior Therapy for ADHD
It can include social skills practicing, training parents to deal with it (parental education is a key factor for treating the child ADHD patient) and other behavior interventions.
Essentially, behavior therapy helps to change this - behavior!
You would be surprised if you knew the potential it has, and chances are that if you are reading this you might be considering this form of treatment. My advice? Do it!
The behavior therapist helps children and adult patients to cope with the anger, frustration and blame they feel about themselves and it trains them to identify and control their attention and aggression problems.
In many cases it is useful that the entire family participates in the therapy to find ways to handle the patient's behaviors and to improve the victim's change potential.
I know for a fact that this style of therapy helps a whole bunch, so take the next step and search for a good therapist near you.
The Treatment: Changing Behaviors
Success Study - My personal case
One of my many hobbies is teaching music. I'm a personal music tutor and I teach musical education and percussion.
Well, one of my students was a kid that had ADHD. He was 7 years old. Do you know what that means? It means that he was a little guy filled with energy - kids don't stop and are naturally energized, now picture a kid with ADHD to help. Plus I was teaching him percussion, more accurately I was teaching him to play the drum set - picture this instrument there to help.
I had a hard time managing his attention... he just picks up the drum sticks and beats them around, occasionally letting me to actually teach him something. The kid was smart! I said something and he instantly learned it... but he was learning slowly, getting behind my other pupils. His attention span was too low, I start to speak with him and he only listens to my first 10 words. I could only teach him new things, I could not revise old knowledge because he was bored by it and would go back at random beating stuff.
He started practicing the behavior therapy tricks the therapist taught him and I saw improvements after some weeks. He was still very hyper, but he would listen to me and allow me to revise my teachings. I see him struggle against the urge to beat stuff randomly but he is only starting on this therapy so I hope it continues to present these results and that someday he gets a grip on his condition. I'm very optimistic about it.