ADHD in Children
I was a little shocked the other day when seemingly out of the blue, my son told me he thought he had ADHD. I asked him why he thought that, and he said that sometimes things drive him crazy. I asked for an example and he said he liked things to be lined up in a certain way and if something was not even or out of place it really bothered him.
I told him that I thought maybe what he was referring to was OCD, but I doubt he had that either. Maybe he just liked certain things a certain way and it was nothing to worry about. His question did however make me want to look further at what ADHD in children actually looked like.
I was surprised to see how prevalent ADHD in children was, as studies have shown that millions of children are affected by ADHD in children. ADHD in children (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a chronic condition. Not all children have the hyperactivity associated with this disorder, but sadly many of these children suffer from loss of self-esteem, poor grades in school and relationship problems.
The signs of ADHD in children usually show up before a child starts grade school, but in some cases ADHD in children is even apparent when they are only infants. Many children who have ADHD are likely to have a combination of hyperactivity and inattentiveness, but that is not always the case. Because there are so many variations of ADHD in children, a lot of kids are not diagnosed properly, and they slip through the cracks.
This is very dangerous because if ADHD in children is not treated it can persist into adulthood. Research has shown that there is a higher incidence of drug abuse and criminal activity in adults who have this disorder.
If you are concerned that your child may have this disorder, here are some of the symptoms of ADHD in children to be aware of.
• Child may have difficulty following instructions
• Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
• Problems finishing school assignments, chores or other tasks
• Problems with organization
• Frequently loses things
• Very easily distracted by noise. lights etc
• Problems sitting still, may fidget and squirm
• Has difficulty playing quietly
• Always seems wound up and on the go
• Often interrupts others in conversation has trouble waiting
Please keep in mind that males are more likely to be hyperactive and females seem often to be inattentive. Girls who have this disorder seem to be daydreaming frequently and have trouble paying attention.
This is only a small list of symptoms of ADHD in children and while most kids can have some or all of these symptoms at one time or another it is only a concern if it seems to be ongoing, lasting longer than six months, and frequently causes problems at school or in the home. If this is the case it may be advisable to seek professional help with someone familiar with ADHD in children.
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