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How Do You Know If You're Child Has ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder In Children

Updated on February 9, 2013
My son has ADHD
My son has ADHD


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
  • Forgetful
  • 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
  • Impatient
  • 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.

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      Lisa Stover 4 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Perhaps try showing her this hub. Thanks for reading "How do you know if you're child has ADHD".

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      I am pretty sure my nephew has ADHD but my sister fails to recognize it, calling him simply a "rowdy boy." He has many of the symptoms listed. Many of our relatives (and some her friends) have a hard time being around him. Particularly bothersome is my sister's failure to recognize his condition.

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      Lisa Stover 5 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Great, I'm heading over now to read!

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      MaeMG 5 years ago

      Hi! So I did actually manage to get that hub down. It came out differently than I thought. I think it's because my mood changed every time I wrote a little towards it. It's mainly about ideas to try out if a child has ADHD to keep track of taking medication and school. Just things I wish I had knew about when I was younger.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Most of the children are like that these days. Maybe, because of so many disturbances that they can be involved with, such as tinkering on the computer keyboards, loud music, activity center at the malls, television and the like.

      Or maybe, the food that they eat made them do such kind of hyper-activeness.

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      Lisa Stover 5 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      MaeMG- I didn't mean to sound like it's a death sentence (lol). I understand that it's a difference in the way their brains process things, I have bipolar so I get that. But, thanks for pointing that out because I don't want to portray it that way. My son is very active so I can't wait until hes at an age that I can get him into sports, right now I don't think the time is right because we need to focus on his schooling. It is sad how the teachers deal with it, they need to be educated on this and learn how to deal with it properly. My main concern is that my son will be labeled a trouble maker and the teachers will not take time to help him out because they assume he's a lost cause. And, that is not the case he is an extremely bright child who wants to learn, but he has trouble staying on task and following directions. These do not make him 'bad', they just mean he needs a little more attention than the rest of the children. I would absolutely love to read a hub from you on this subject. Please let me know if you do publish one.

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      MaeMG 5 years ago

      It is heartbreaking to hear that schools still haven't found a way to accommodate, but I think the first thing that needs to be done is not view it as a disorder or something that needs to be cured. My dad used to tell me that if I took my medication that it didn't make me different than anyone else. He compared it to taking thyroid medication. It's just something that can help you function. Children with ADHD are usually gifted with imagination and creativity. We're very visual people and visual learners. They need outlets to get out excess energy whether it is artistically like drawing, painting, and writing or physically like bike riding, running, playing sports etc. I honestly think the first thing is mindset in how you view ADHD. My brain is absolutely wired differently and I've learned to love it. Hey, I managed to get through school and graduate from college with a BA in English and a Minor in Writing and currently hold down a decent office job so it's doable. I'm definitely considering writing a hub. Maybe it'll help out others.

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      Lisa Stover 5 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      MaeMG, it's awful that your medication isn't covered. Insurance compainies should be able to make exceptions for things like this. I would love to hear ways that you succeed without medication, perhaps a good idea for a hub. I know I would love to read it! I see my son struggle everyday and I hear his teachers complain and I just want them to understand that he is not 'bad', there are some things he just can't help. Maybe one day there will be a cure for this disorder.

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      MaeMG 5 years ago

      I understand completely. I have ADHD and I'm certain a caused of lot grief to my parents. They did try -- they took me to a psychologist and set me up with medication. I've learned that sometimes medication can help, but I've learned to rely on myself after finding a medication that fit well with me only to have it not be covered by insurance. That hurt, because it took almost eight years to find the right medication only to be denied it. It can be very hard sometimes to deal with the psychological affect through the child's eyes who is diagnosed with it. I'd recommend a therapist so the child diagnosed with ADHD can talk about their emotions.

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      Lisa Stover 5 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      It certainly is a challenge. My son has it and it's so hard for him at school and at home. It really impacts the lives of a child that has it, and their parents as well.

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      CJ Baker 5 years ago from Parts Unknown

      I had a cousin and nephew and have friends who have struggled with ADHD. I agree that it can be a challenge. Thanks for providing this practical information. Like most disorders it is good if we become more informed.