Understanding ADHD In Your Children
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is more accepted now than it has been in the past. In recent history those with ADHD is seen as problem children, rather than children with a disorder. With the studies in the last twenty years we have seen ADHD gaining support.
ADHD is a complex disorder and even with recent studies many physicians have trouble making an accurate diagnosis. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder lends its name to the most common characteristics of the disorder. ADHD includes hyperactivity, short attention span, and impulsive behavior. Children have a natural high energy making diagnosis more difficult. Children are also known to have difficulty paying attention to one thing for a long period of time. There is a “table of symptoms” that can help adults understand ADHD behavior in children in order to distinguish it from regular child behaviors according to psychological studies.
This table of symptoms can help experts as well as parents determine if their child suffers from ADHD. During the studies to create this table many things were deleted or added to the list to make it more effective. In order to understand if a child has ADHD the symptoms on the table must be monitored. The table of symptoms is still ineffective for children below the age of six, and is still incomplete; however as a guideline for determining if your child is affected by ADHD it helps.
Hyperactive ADHD Symptoms
- Talking quickly and more than normal
- Unable to play quietly
- Moves around a lot in the seat
- At unsuitable times they run or talk, often loudly
- Moves out of the room at unsuitable times, especially in a classroom
Short Attention Span ADHD Symptoms
- Inability to complete work or makes sloppy mistakes
- Inability to listen
- Organization difficulties
- Is unfocused easily
- Forgetfulness or loss of memory with daily work
Impulsive ADHD Symptoms
- Excessively impatient
- Interrupts during conversations or during class
- Answers before the question is completed
Remember that as a parent you are not qualified to diagnose your child with ADHD. You will need to consult an expert as well as monitor your child’s behavior over time for the symptoms. Most experts look for the systems to be exhibited over a six-month period of time under varied conditions.
ADHD is treatable once you recognize the disorder. You may have to try a few methods before you will find one that works, but there are treatments proven to help. Counseling, natural remedies for ADHD, pharmaceutical drugs and are just a few of the methods you may try.