Attention Parents: 8 Signs of ADHD in Children

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a disease shrouded in controversy. It is mainly the children who get affected, but, many parents see problems where none exist – isolated symptoms are common during the initial stages of life and it also common for parents to overlook valid symptoms and vice versa because many symptoms borderline normal child behavior and its difficult to identify them as disease symptoms . There are also times when parents just fail to pay attention to the set of symptoms that characterize attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder: bouts of inattention and hyperactivity and impulsiveness in an exacerbated way.

There are a large number of children with the disease, recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) – about 5% to 7% of all American children suffer from ADHD, of which 60% to 85% continue to have the disorder in adolescence.

It is very important for you to understand that early treatment can positively influence the life of the child who need ADHD Help and hence it is important that you pay careful attention to the disease symptoms. When undiagnosed and untreated, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder can cause serious damage in the short and long term. In children, the disease can lead to poor school performance because of organization, lack of patience and lack of attentiveness in class, but in adulthood, the problem may be the cause of a severe low self-esteem and affect interpersonal relationships. Once the person has difficulties in adjusting schedules and commitments, he might not pay enough attention to his partner and that could also lead to stormy marriages.

Check out these eight symptoms that, when appear frequently and in more than one environment (school and home, for example), can serve as a warning that it is time to seek professional help.

  • Children with ADHD easily lose focus on activities when there is some stimulus from the external environment such as noises or movements. They also get lost in “internal” thoughts and even give the impression of being “thoughtful”. These distractions can impair learning, leading the student to have a performance far below expectations.
  • It is very common for children with ADHD to lose things of daily use such as pencils, books, toys and other things frequently. If the child loses the same object several times and quickly forgets what he was given in the first instance, that’s a warning sign and you need to talk to your doctor immediately.
  • Children with ADHD have a very small attention span and he would have difficulty in completing homework because he cannot stay focused from beginning to end and would try to incorporate getting up frequently, walking around the house, playing with his brother and making drawings on the walls in his “homework time”.
  • The child would also show typical traits of hyperactivity and that is characterized by jumping around the house, talking unnecessarily, climbing up furniture in inappropriate situations and also standing up frequently in class.
  • They would love to participate in outdoor activities because that allows them jump and scream more and would not find any interest in indoor activities that are otherwise interesting to other kids.
  • Children with ADHD tend to be very impulsive and cannot wait their turn in queues in shops, cinema or even at play. They would also try to give you an answer even before you have completed the entire question.
  • Since they have a very small attention span they would not be able to remember simple house rules and would commit the same mistakes over and over again.
  • Since children with ADHD have no patience to complete a thought, they might end up acting without thinking and get over impulsive and explosive at times and this is characterized by plays culminating into fights or arguments.

Jessica Palin is a health blogger/writer. She writes for Thereadingclinic.com, to spread awareness about ADHD and dyslexia in children. The portal avails a ADHD help which is a dialog based tutoring for Reading Comprehension and Writing.

 

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1 Comment

  • Zac Davis November 30, 2012 12.09 am

    Reliable ADHD treatment depends on the prompt discovery and full diagnosis of the condition. Assistance of parents and counselling would make the condition more manageable.

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