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  ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that often becomes apparent in the preschool and early school years. It is hard for children to control their behavior, pay attention, or both. It is estimated that between 3 and 5 percent of children have ADHD in the United States.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Adhd
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder


The principal characteristics of ADHD are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Because many normal children have these symptoms, but at a lower level, it is important that the child receive a thorough examination and appropriate diagnosis by a well-qualified professional.

Some signs of hyperactivity-impulsivity are: feeling restless, often fidgeting with hands or feet, or squirming while seated; running, climbing, or leaving a seat in situations where sitting or quiet behavior is expected; blurting out answers before hearing the whole question; and having difficulty waiting in line or taking turns.

Some signs of inattention: often becoming easily distracted by irrelevant sights and sounds; often failing to pay attention to details and making careless mistakes; rarely following instructions carefully and completely losing or forgetting things like toys, or pencils, books, and tools needed for a task; and often skipping from one uncompleted activity to another.

Because everyone shows some of these behaviors at times, to be diagnosed as ADHD, the behavior must be to a degree that is inappropriate for the person's age, appear before the age of seven, and continue for at least six months. Most importantly, the behaviors must significantly affect two areas of the person’s life.

There are many possible theories about what causes ADHD. Some of these theories include environmental agents like the use of cigarettes and alcohol during pregnancy or a child’s exposure to lead paint; and close relatives with ADHD.

There are four general treatment programs for ADHD: medication management alone; behavioral treatment alone; a combination of both; or routine community care.

Medication can help the ADHD child, but parents and children may need special help to learn how to manage patterns of behavior. In such cases, mental health professionals can counsel the child and the family, helping them to develop new skills, attitudes, and ways of relating. In individual counseling, the therapist helps children with ADHD learn to feel better about themselves, and helps them to identify and build on their strengths, cope with daily problems, and control their attention and aggression. A therapist can help a family find better ways to handle disruptive behaviors and bring about change.

Attention Deficit Disorder



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