Does My Child Have ADHD?
Childhood is a time of running, jumping, and exploring the world! Naturally, children seem to have endless stores of energy and would much rather run around than sit and pay attention to something. But where is the line drawn between a kid being a kid and a child who has ADHD? Keep reading to find out.
What is ADHD?
To start, ADHD is short for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Individuals with ADHD present with the following primary symptoms:
Children with ADHD have a tough time focusing on a task. Oftentimes, these children with change from one activity to another, continually leave activities unfinished, and quickly become bored with tasks they are doing.
Children with ADHD are constantly on the move. Whether it be fidgeting around, jumping, making noise, chatting excessively, or not being able to remain seated, these children are always moving their bodies around.
Is it ADHD?
Only suitable professionals can formally diagnose someone with ADHD. In addition to the inattention and overactivity, these symptoms must be present for at least six months, arise early in development, be evident in more than one situation (at home, school, etc.), persist, interfere with functioning, and not be caused by a different mental disorder.
How Common is ADHD?
ADHD has become a seemingly common diagnosis, especially among younger and school-aged children. However, the prevalence rate is only approximately 3 to 7 percent of school aged children in America, with lower rates in many other countries.
What are Treatments for ADHD?
ADHD symptoms can be managed by several treatment methods. Namely, doing things like educating parents on what to expect and making sure the child is in a proper classroom and is receiving proper educational support is a major help for these children. In addition, providing children with ADHD with behavioral interventions to help them to remain on task and less disruptive is a great way to help support these children. Medication also has a high success rate to help combat the signs and symptoms related to ADHD.
Many children “outgrow” ADHD, while many continue to experience symptoms through adulthood. If your child or someone you know is struggling with managing ADHD, don’t hesitate to reach out for support.