Your child seems to be full of energy. They play all day and when you tell to stop, they show their attitude by tearing up and down the house. You see it as normal because you think that all kids are energetic. However, have you ever thought that you extremely lively kid may have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?
What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (AHDH)?
This is a health condition commonly found in children and adolescents. According to a recent study, AHDH often occurs in children with the age of 7 and it affects more boys than girls. Your child may be diagnosed with AHDH if they have three factors below:
−Inattention. Your child has difficulty sustaining their attention to something. They get easily distracted by irrelevant sights and sounds. When you give them some tasks, they get bored and make more careless mistakes. Also, they tend to jump from one activity to another, resulting no task is completely finished.
−Hyperactivity. It is one of the most visible signs of AHDH. Your child finds it difficult to sit down for a while. Instead, they will move around, touch other things, play with anything and talk incessantly. You will feel that they always have too much energy and do not get tired.
−Impulsivity. This sign is showed when your child reacts immediately without thinking. For example, when you give them a question, instead of thinking carefully or waiting for their turn, they will answer immediately before your question is completed. This is because they find it hard to rest or stay silent.
How does AHDH affect your child’s life?
AHDH is a behavioral disorder that can have a negative impact on all major aspects of a child’s life, such as socialization, academic achievements, physical and psychological well–being. Besides, when they grow up, they will have to struggle with many new situations or events. Because children with ADHD have no social skills, they can become easily over–excited or moody. This can lead to anxiety.
Is there any cure?
Nowadays, there is no way to completely get rid of ADHD. But in medical perspective, ADHD is best treated with a combination of medications and behavioral therapy. With medications, your doctor may give some prescription stimulants to help your child increase their attention span and reduce their impulsivity levels. On the other hand, behavioral therapy belongs to parents’ responsibility. It takes a long time to build up a child’s social skills. Be patient and sympathetic when teaching your child. This will help them develop self–control and social abilities better. It may be hard for the first time, but every effort will bring a pleasant result, right?
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Review Date: August 30, 2017 | Last Modified: August 30, 2017
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