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Does My Child have ADHD

Does My Child have ADHD

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This is a frequently asked question by parents about their kids. Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD is a common behavioural disorder among children.

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Signs and Symptoms

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is usually detected among children aged 3—7 years. Children with ADHD can have difficulty with impulse control and inattentiveness and hyperactivity.

While living with a child with ADHD, you may experience some difficulties in your day-to-day life such as:

If your child is inattentive or hyperactive, it does not mean that he/she has attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Only a qualified doctor can diagnose if your child has ADHD.

Getting your child to sleep at night

Arriving at school on time

Learning disabilities

Impaired social functionality due to behavioural issues

Difficulty while shopping due to their hyperactive and impulsive nature

Only a qualified professional can diagnose if your child has ADHD. Look for following signs and symptoms in your child if you suspect that he/she is suffering from ADHD.

Types of ADHD

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is of three types, each characterised with a unique set of signs and symptoms:

Inattentive type

Not able to pay attention to details or often makes careless mistakes in school work or other activities

Difficulty with continuing attention in tasks or play activities

Noticeable listening problems

Trouble while following instructions

Problems with organised activities

Disliking tasks that require mental effort

Often looses things like toys or notebooks

Can be easily distracted

Forgetful

 

Hyperactive-impulsive type

Fidgets or squirms frequently

Un able to sit for long time

Running around a lot

Difficulty in playing quietly

Extremely talkative

Blurting out wrong comments

Difficulty in controlling their emotions

Interrupting others activities

 

Combined type: It includes a combination of the two types, that is, inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive.

Please contact your doctor if you feel that your child displays a majority of the above-mentioned symptoms for a differential diagnosis.

Don’t worry ADHD can be well-managed with the help of behavioural therapy, parental training and medications if required.

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