ADHD is a very common and chronic problem especially in kids and today I am going to share with you the answer of a very commonly asked question by most of the parents, and this question is ” what is the meaning of adhd and what it really is?” Well, if you are suspecting that your child is suffering from this chronic disorder, then you will be able to understand all about adhd here, so, let’s start with the definition and then we will proceed further.
ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. When we talk about behavioral problems and disorders, this is one of the commonest among many. It is a chronic problem and it’s symptoms start from the age of 1.5 years of age but becomes more prominent during pre-school and school age i.e., 3-7 years. Cause of ADHD is unknown but is does run in families and could be caused by some chemical imbalances.
Around 2 in every 3 kids with ADHD, symptoms continue in their adulthood as well.
SYMPTOMS OF ADHD IN KIDS
ADHD symptoms are categorized in three following types:
- Inattention: Lack of consistency and persistence and lack of focus on one specific work, forgetfulness, loss of interest in doing homework and other tasks, getting bored very quickly, usually ADHD kids feel difficulty in being organised, doing one specific work with attention, planning ahead and finishing tasks organized, planning ahead, and finishing the given tasks.
- Hyperactivity: Constant “naughtiness” and “on the go” behavior even when it is not needed or appropriate, a lot of talking, fidgeting and tapping are common symptoms in this category. Kids do feel difficulty in relaxing and sitting still at one place and most of the times they run, jump and climb most of the time.
- Impulsivity: Kid usually take risky actions and they don’t think about the consequences and results that could be caused by this behavior, sometimes kids do behave hasty. Such kids talks and acts without thinking, loose their temper quite easily, interrupts a lot when two people are talking. Kids usually do tasks by guess work rather than thinking and solving by using logic to come up to a solution.
HOW TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN USUAL NAUGHTINESS AND ADHD IN KIDS?
Well, if your child is experiencing symptoms in some occasions without any constant pattern, then it is not ADHD. Whereas, ADHD kids show symptoms every time if same situation happens again and again. They always show same pattern and behavior. It is difficult to to say either your child has ADHD or not just by looking at some actions and behaviors on some occasions as kids do have such behaviors that I have mentioned because kids do these actions in naughtiness and fun, so a proper check and history of actions is required to come up to a proper diagnosis.
WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR?
If you think that your child is suffering from ADHD, then go and see your health expert as soon as possible so that your child can get proper therapy and treatment and you can get proper guidelines about dealing with ADHD child. Not all ADHD kids need medication and a lot of treatments, some therapy and the way we understand and deal with our child also helps a lot. Your doctor might refer your child to psychotherapist who talks to your child and help him according to his problems by having a healthy conversation with in a nice and friendly way.
Your health expert will ask you about the pattern and history of your child’s behavior in specific situations and will also take your family history about ADHD and will advice your the proper therapy and treatment if needed after going through the history and other parameters for making a diagnosis.
ADHD KIDS AND ACADEMIC PROGRESS
Though ADHD kids face difficulty in focusing and fulfilling their tasks with concentration and focus, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t succeed academically. if you think that your child has ADHD symptoms and along with your doctor’s help, do discuss these symptoms with your child’s teachers and experts in school, as they already have noticed these symptoms in your kids.
GOOD THINGS ABOUT KIDS WITH ADHD
ADHD kids find it difficult to concentrate on one specific thing, that means they have tendency to think about different things at a time, so, their imagination is very good and that makes them more creative.
As ADHD kids gets bore very quickly, so they try and do different type of work and tasks, so they are usually very flexible in different situations rather than sticking to one and concentrating on it.
AS these kids usually talk a lot, people hardly find them boring and they posses a good ability to have a healthy interaction with others.
ADHD kids are usually hyperactive, this hyperactivity and energy keeps them motivated and they work really hard and strive and ultimately succeeds in achieving their goals.
ADHD is not at all related to lack of intelligence & talent, ADHD kids are usually very intelligent, intellectual, artistic and creative.
Well, this is the basic necessary information about ADHD kids, I will be discussing about parenting tips for parents with ADHD kids to help out the parents and to make their job easier in dealing with ADHD child. I hope you find this information really helpful, please check these video demonstrations for further understanding in a simplistic and easy way.