Looking to change your child’s behavior?

As we all know, kids will be kids.  They can get distracted and bounce around from one thing to another, they can forget homework, daydream during class, and get ants in their pants when they are just sitting around.  However, the inability to focus on certain things, impulsive behavior, and hyperactivity can be ADHD or ADD signs and symptoms.  This disorder can lead to problems at home or at school and can also affect the child’s ability to learn and interact with other children or people. For this reason it’s important to know the signs and symptoms to look out for in your child.

ADHD (Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) and ADD (Attention-deficit disorder) is something that appears in early childhood.  The disorder occurs when the child is unable to inhibit their spontaneous responses such as movement, speech, or attentiveness.  These signs typically appear before the child reaches 7 years of age. The problem comes in determining whether or not the child is just acting lie a kid or is really showing signs of ADHD / ADD.

Basically, if these symptoms only show up occasionally or only during certain situations, then it is most likely not attention deficit disorder.  On the other hand, if these symptoms occur frequently and show up under almost any circumstances, then ADHD / ADD should not be ruled out. 
Even though a child shows these symptoms of lack of attention, impulsive behavior, and hyperactivity does not automatically mean that a child has ADHD / ADD.  Sometimes, the behavior may be caused by other issue such as:

  • A major life event such as the loss of a loved one, a recent move, divorce, or illness,
     
  • Learning disabilities such as problems with reading, language, or motor skills
  • Psychological problems including depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders
  • Medical conditions such as epilepsy, sleep disorder, neurological conditions, and thyroid problem

Most people think that a child with ADHD is constantly bouncing around, disrupting everyone, and is in constant motion. While this can be the case, not all children are hyperactive; some sit quietly with their mind on other things.  Some children put too much emphasis on a given task and are unable to shift to another one.  Other children are mildly inattentive but over rambunctious.

The 3 main characteristics and attention deficit disorder are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior.  However, children with ADHD / ADD may be inattentive without being hyperactive or impulsive, hyperactive and impulsive but able to focus on tasks, or all three which is the most common for of ADHD probably because the other types may be overlooked more often.

If you child exhibits ADD / ADHD like symptoms you should no wait to seek professional help.  You can treat the symptoms of ADD / ADHD without having a confirmed diagnosis.  The options include placing your child into therapy; implementing a diet and exercise plan that reduces hyperactivity, and changing the environment so that distractions are minimized.  The symptoms and treatment are discussed in further detail throughout this site.

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