All You’ve Wanted To know About Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder(ADHD)

All You’ve Wanted To know About Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder(ADHD)

One of the most common disorders observed in children is ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), which can continue from adolescence through to adulthood. Some symptoms are: difficulty in staying focused, difficulty controlling behavior, difficulty in paying attention and over activity (hyperactivity).

3-5% of school aged ADHD children are diagnosed every year and Attention deficit Hyperactive Disorder is diagnosed more often in boys than in girls. Studies suggest that the brains of children with ADHD are unique from other children. This shows that even though the cause of ADHD isn’t clearly defined as yet, it sets into motion early on in the child’s life. A combination of factors like brain injury, genetics, social environment and nutrition might contribute to children with ADHD. Although lack of sleep, tic disorders, learning disabilities, and depression and behavior problems may appear with ADHD, do not confuse it solely with ADHD.

Diagnosing ADHD is often hard, as factors such as the child’s maturity, personality, temperament and energy level often vary and those sometimes these normal factors may be mistaken for ADHD. ADHD symptoms usually appear early on in life, between the ages of 3-6.  A single test cannot determine if you have children with adhd, instead a thorough study of the child, its behavior and the environment it takes place in must be studied. The specialist will also closely monitor the child’s behavior in different situations and may subject the child to a series of highly structured and not so structured situations, to test their behavior. The child may also be tested on intellectual ability and its behavior in social situations will be assessed, along with tests on the child’s intellectual ability.

ADHD is most commonly treated with a “stimulant”, which may seem like it has an oxymoron, but it instead it has a calming effect on ADHD children. These medicines reduce hyperactivity and impulsivity while improving the child’s ability to focus, learn and work on tasks, as well as improving physical co-ordination. It must be noted that one approach does not work for all children and patients must be monitored carefully and closely in order to be safe from side-effects. Such as decrease in appetite, sleep problems, change in personality and tic disorders.

Psychotherapy is also used to cure ADHD children. Behavioral therapy though teaching the child how to monitor his or her behavior and learning how to give oneself rewards for acting in a desired manner is another goal achieved through behavioral therapy. Social skills, such as asking for help, sharing toys, being polite are taught by the therapists.

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