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How to Know If Your Child Has ADHD and How to Deal With It as a Family

black-and-white-picture-of-a-crying-childYour child might have ADHD without you realizing it. The very first step to take is to verify the symptoms and see what you can do. Here’s all you need to know to develop an understanding of what ADHD is all about.

Kids with ADHD have symptoms like daydreaming during class hours, getting fidgety, acting impulsively, etc. They occasionally forget to do the things that they were told to do are quite normal for children.  Nevertheless, the inability to focus for some time, hyperactivity and being impulsive can be signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder or ADHD. This condition can have an effect on the ability of your child to learn and to get along with other children.

ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder is also known as Attention Deficit Disorder or ADD. The symptoms of this disorder become apparent during early childhood. Having this condition makes it hard for one to stop his spontaneous response to things, responses that may involve speech, movement or attentiveness. Typically, before a child turns 7, the signs and symptoms of ADHD can already be seen. But it might be hard to distinguish whether it really is ADHD or just normal behavior of a kid.

The Primary Characteristics of ADHD

When you say ADHD, a lot of people picture a child that is out of control and constantly throws temper tantrums. However, that is not the only possible picture of a child with ADHD. While some children with ADHD are very hyperactive, some of them just sit quietly in a corner but their attention is miles away. Some may give too much attention to a task that they have at hand that they have difficulty shifting it to anything else, while others are only slightly inattentive and the rest are overly impulsive.

ADHD or ADD has three primary characteristics and those are inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. The signs and symptoms that a child with attention deficit hyperactive disorder has would depend on which among those primary characteristics is the dominant one. A child with ADHD might be hyperactive and impulsive but can still pay attention; he can also be inattentive but not hyperactive or impulsive. The most common form of ADHD displays three primary characteristics.

When the child displays the inattentive symptoms only, people tend to overlook the possibility of ADHD since they do not cause any disruption. However, the symptoms of inattention can also have some consequences, they could not perform that well on school or they may not get along well with other kids for not playing along with the rules.

Symptoms of Inattention

Children with ADHD can pay attention to tasks. However, when they do not find a task interesting or enjoyable they don’t care to focus. On the other hand, when they like the topic or what they are doing, they have no trouble focusing on it.

Some of the symptoms of inattention in these children include making careless mistakes, not listening while you talk, and having difficulty in recalling things. They have difficulty following instructions and get bored even before they finish a task.

Symptoms of Hyperactivity

Hyperactive kidsWhile most kids are actually active, kids who display hyperactive symptoms of ADHD are just constantly on the move.  These kids would try to do several things at the same time. They quickly bounce from one activity to another. Hyperactivity is the most common sign of ADHD.

A child who has it may constantly squirm or fidget. They also tend to talk too much. They have a hard time relaxing or playing quietly. The child tends to leave their seat even if asked to stay still. Children with ADHD may also have a quick temper. Forcing them to sit still can be a very hard task for them. They have an uncontrollable urge to tap their foot, shake their leg, or drum their fingers.

Symptoms of Impulsivity

Impulsivity among children with ADHD leads to the child having problems with self-control. They often interrupt a conversation. They ask unimportant questions in class and ask overly personal questions. The child also has a challenge waiting their turn in games or in a line. They prefer taking a guess rather than solving a problem and tend to say the wrong things at the wrong time.

If ever your child gets diagnosed with ADHD, do not feel bad or hopeless. Once you understand the issues your child is dealing with and struggling with, you can find a creative solution. You can help build their strengths instead of focusing on his weaknesses.

And if you suspect your child to have this condition, the first course of action is to seek professional advice. Discuss the issue with your family and be supportive!

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