What is hyperactivity?

A person is considered hyperactive if he gets unusually active. Hyperactivity may be manifested by characteristics such as:

  • Excessive movement
  • Aggression
  • Impulsivity
  • Distraction

Hyperactivity lead to many troubles since the hyperactive person is unable to concentrate either at school or work. As a result, there would be poor academic performance, accidents and injuries. Hyperactivity also causes problems in relationships between the hyperactive person with people around them, including his friends, family, teachers and employers. Gradually, that person would suffer from anxiousness or depressed mood because of their condition and other people’s reactions towards it.

Hyperactivity is commonly associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD is a  disorder that makes patients become overactive, inattentive, and impulsive. ADHD is more likely to develop in young children, however, adults can also experience this condition.

What Causes Hyperactivity?

Hyperactivity is often a symptom of another underlying problem, including mental and physical diseases. The most common are:

  • ADHD
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Brain and nervous system disorders
  • Psychological disorders

What are signs of hyperactivity ?

Signs of hyperactivity in children include:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Impulsive behaviors indicated by:
    • talking out of turn
    • blurting things out
    • hitting other classmates

Signs of hyperactivity in children include:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Frequent distraction (short attention span)
  • Difficulty remembering information: names, numbers, dates
  • Symptoms like in children’s case

In addition, hyperactive can bring about anxiety or depression.

Can hyperactivity be treated?

Hyperactivity is treatable. Early diagnosis and treatment will give best result. The doctor may employ particular treatment for particular cause that leads to hyperactivity.

If hyperactivity is caused by an underlying condition like thyroid, brain or nervous system disorder, the patient may need medications to treat that condition.

If hyperactivity is caused by an emotional disorder, the patient will need help from a mental health specialist together with medicines and/or cognitive behavioral therapy.

How to determine of you have hyperactivity?

On seeing yourself or your loved one displaying signs of hyperactivity, have a consultation with your doctor. On this appointment, the doctor will ask some questions about the symptoms, especially those that recently occur and affect you or your loved one’s overall health.

The doctor will also ask to know about any medications being taken to treat your/ ypur loved one’s medical or mental health condition. This will help the doctor determine your type of hyperactivity and whether it is a new or worsening condition, or simply a side effect of the medicines.

Proper diagnosis plays an important role in treating hyperactivity effectively.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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