The number of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has risen in the past years. If you suspect that your child has ADHD, bring your child to a specialist for a thorough examination. It is best to bring your child to a doctor whose field of specialization is diagnosing and treating ADHD.
What ADHD Telltale Signs Should You Be Aware Of?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder symptoms usually appear before the child turns seven. The first ADHD signs that may be noticeable in a child with ADHD are hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity. Since children are normally hyperactive, inattentive at times, and in some situations impulsive, it may be difficult to tell if the child really has ADHD. However, if any one or more of these behaviors are present in all situations – be it at home, at play, or in school, then it is time to consult a specialist.
The ADHD signs are classified into three types or categories:
1. Inattentive type but showing insignificant hyperactive-impulsive behavior. These children fall within the general ADD category – Attention Deficit Disorder – because they lack the hyperactivity. Children with the inattentive type of ADD are very seldom hyperactive. They seem to be lethargic and sluggish and appear to be always daydreaming. But in common with their ADHD “cousins”, they often have extreme difficulty concentrating on one particular thing especially when there is activity around them. They also get bored easily especially when the task is repetitive. In addition, children with this type of ADD often act and display their emotions without thinking about the consequences of their actions.
2. Hyperactive-impulsive type but showing insignificant inattention. Children having this type of ADHD telltale signs are always on the go, playing, touching, and talking continuously. Sitting still for them is difficult. Adults with this type of ADHD are restless and are always busy doing a lot of things at the same time.
3. Hyperactive, impulsive, and at the same time inattentive – a combination of the above two types. This is the most common form of ADHD. Children with this type of ADHD signs are very restless, often squirming in their seats and fidgeting with their hands and fingers and feet. They have difficulty behaving and may run, climb, or walk around when they are expected to behave. They may also blurt out answers even before the whole question is asked. Likewise, they are very impatient and cannot wait for their turn in lines.
The above ADHD signs and symptoms, along with observation and by ruling out the possibility of other disorders are the only basis for doctors to determine if the child has ADD, and if so whether they have the more common ADHD. Currently, there is no laboratory test available to determine the presence of ADHD. The doctor may only get an accurate diagnosis by making a full psychological and medical evaluation on the child.
Treatment for children with ADHD may vary according to the type of ADHD telltale…