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Kids with ADD / ADHD

Is your child always on the go, has a hard time sitting still, or problems concentrating and paying attention? Are you stressed, frustrated, and feel exhausted from trying to keep up with your child? Your child may have ADD/ADHD. Attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) is a behavioral disorder that affects millions of children and often continues on into adulthood. This disorder makes it difficult to inhibit spontaneous responses, which involves movement, speech, and attentiveness. ADHD includes a combination of problems, such as acting out without thinking, are hyperactive, and have trouble focusing. There is no cure for ADHD, but with medication and behavioral interventions can help treat it.

Having ADHD can be very challenging for parents and children. Any signs or symptoms usually appear before the age of seven and can be a little difficult to diagnose among the attention deficit disorder and normal kid behavior. It’s important to understand everything that’s going on with your child, whether your child might be struggling with something, is forgetful, difficulty paying attention at school, easily distracted, and so forth. If your child seems to show any signs or symptoms that are present at home, school, or during play then it might be time to take him or her to see a doctor to find out for sure. Sometimes ADHD can be misdiagnosed, when what they really have is a learning disability, other psychological disorders (anxiety, depression, etc.), behavioral disorders, or other medical conditions. Some causes of ADHD like behaviors could be a sudden life change (move, divorce, death in the family), seizures, medical disorders, anxiety, and depression.

There are three primary characteristics of ADHD; 1) inattention, 2) hyperactivity, and 3) impulsivity. Children may be inattentive with no hyperactivity or impulsivity, hyperactive and impulsivity and are able to pay attention, or they might have all three characteristics which is the most common form. Long term treatments include a combination of medications and behavioral therapy to best control the issue than just medication alone. With the right support your child will be able to get back on track. While attention deficit disorder is not caused by bad parenting, there are effective parenting strategies that can go a long way to correct problem behaviors. Children with ADD/ADHD need structure, consistency, clear communication, and rewards and consequences for their behavior. They also need lots of love, support, and encouragement (Smith, M. & Segal, R., 2011).

Reference:

KidsHealth.Org (2008). What is ADHD? Kids Health from Nemours: The Nemours Foundation. Retrieved from http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/behavior/adhd.html#

Mayo Clinic Staff (2011). Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER). Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/adhd/DS00275

Smith, M. & Segal, R. (2011). ADD/ADHD in children: Signs and symptoms of attention deficit disorder in kids. HelpGuide.Org. Retrieved from http://www.helpguide.org/mental/adhd_add_signs_symptoms.htm#authors

WebMD (2010). Attention-deficit /hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. WebMD, LLC. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/guide/ast_oneadhd-children

Information on this site is intended for Angel Kids Pediatrics patients only. Always consult your doctor before beginning, modifying, or discontinuing any treatment plan.

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