How Do You Know If You're Child Has ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder In Children
Many children, about 7% of school aged children have ADHD. It is an awful experience for the child themselves, and for their family. Children may find themselves being punished for things that they cannot control and parents often find that relatives and friends try to avoid being around their child. It is a stressful experience to say the least, and one I know all too well. For those of you wondering if your child may have ADHD I have put together a list of some common symptoms but first lets explore what exactly is ADHD.
What Is ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADHD is a behavioral disorder that causes children to have significant periods of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Studies show that ADHD may affect areas of the brain that allow us to solve problems, control impulses, and plan ahead.
Left untreated ADHD can become a very serious problem. It can't be cured because like most disorders of the mind, no one is sure what really causes it. However, it can be controlled.
Symptoms Of ADHD
- Has trouble following simple directions
- Interrupts others
- Can't wait his/her turn
- Fidgets or squirms a lot
- Energy level on constant high
- Doesn't listen when spoken too
- Can't sit still for long
- Is Constantly losing possessions
- Can't focus on activities that they find boring
- Makes careless mistakes
- Easily distracted
- Excessive talking
- May have a temper
- Daydreams a lot
- Can't play quietly
- Acts without thinking
- Switches quickly from one activity to the next
- Touches and plays with everything
- May have trouble controlling his/her emotions
What To Do If You Think Your Child Has ADHD
If you think that your child has ADHD it is very important that you have him/her evaluated by a professional. This disorder can cause huge problems in a child's life if it's not treated.
They are often labeled as trouble makers, lazy, rude, and many other things when that's not the case. They have trouble learning in school because they can't take the information in, so they may be labeled as dumb. There are so many reasons why you must seek a professional opinion if you think your child has ADHD.
You may see your pediatrician but it's always best to see someone who is deals with mental disorders on a regular basis, like a psychologist. They will be better suited to go over all of your options with you.