Does Your Child Have ADHD? Here’s What You Should Know

Does Your Child Have ADHD? Here’s What You Should Know

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a disorder of brain development that is characterized by problems with attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) occurs in children between ages 3 and 17. The symptoms of ADHD begin in early childhood and usually persist throughout adolescence and adulthood.

ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed mental condition in the United States, affecting an estimated 4-5% of children. There are many causes for ADHD, including genetics, brain chemistry, and prenatal hormone exposure. Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often have trouble focusing, remembering details, and following directions. These children may also have difficulty sitting still, are often restless, and cannot resist doing things like tapping their feet, squirming in their seats, or twirling their hair.

“It really is that kids are having difficulty processing everything at one time. The brain is just not set up that way. And so what happens is, if a kid is trying to process everything at one time, things get lost, they get distracted, and then they get frustrated,” explains Dr. Asha Patton-Smith.

ADHD symptoms

  • Inattention: Children with ADHD have trouble staying focused on tasks. They daydream, are forgetful, and are easily distracted.
  • Hyperactivity: Children with ADHD are often restless. They squirm in their seats or kick their legs. They start projects that they can’t finish.
  • Impulsivity: Children with ADHD often blurt out answers, say inappropriate things, or have trouble waiting their turn.
  • Problems with the organization: ADHD children often have trouble keeping track of assignments, tools, and materials.
  • Problems in relationships: Children with ADHD are often argumentative and have trouble getting along with their peers.
  • Difficulty paying attention: Children with ADHD often appear.

The symptoms of ADHD may resemble other medical conditions, such as depression and sleep disorders. Always consult a child’s physician for a diagnosis. Treatments for ADHD include psychotherapy, medications, behavioral therapy, and parent training.

Anna Daniels

Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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