Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that is common among both children and adults. The cause of ADHD remains unknown, although researchers believe a family history, chemical imbalance or brain injury may have an effect.
Some of the most common symptoms of ADD, observed in children, include not being able to follow directions appropriately, becoming easily bored or frustrated with tasks, find it hard to complete tasks, are forgetful about daily routines. If a child has an additional hyperactivity disorder, hence ADHD, it means these symptoms may occur in addition to those afore mentioned.
- Finds it difficult to stay seated as asked
- Squirms, can’t sit still
- Talks a lot
Impulsivity, another facet of ADHD, may mean a child has these symptoms as well:
- Blurting out answers before being asked
- Difficulty in waiting for their turn
- Interrupt others
The symptoms for ADHD, when it comes to adults, are different. These may include some of the following:
- Poor organization skills
- Substance abuse
- Mood swings
- Difficulty controlling anger
Of the three to five percent of schoolchildren who have ADD, 60 percent will continue to have it throughout adulthood. In order to diagnose ADHD in adults, a doctor may require seeing report cards from school to determine whether there were any behavioral comments made by the teacher about the student. This is because if an adult has ADHD, it began during their childhood. Psychological and physical tests will ensure, as well as interview with relatives and friends close to the individual.
The treatment in ADHD in children usually commences in the following methods: medication, behavioral therapy and educating the parents and family of the individual. When medications are prescribed, they will either be stimulants – like Ritalin – non-stimulants, and anti-depressants. To find out more about which medication is used in what manner to treat ADHD in children, click here to go to WebMD.
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