What Is ADHD?
We as parents try our best to make sure our kids are being brought up well and healthy. We invest so much time and hard work in their upbringing making sure we don’t leave any stone unturned. However, there are some situations that are completely beyond our control. What matters is how we overcome the obstacles that come our way.
Parents want the best for their children, however sometimes certain unforeseen situations arise that make parenting harder. One of these situations is knowing that your child might be suffering from a disorder.
There are many different kinds of disorders that affect children; some are mild whereas some are extreme. The one that I would like to highlight is ADHD also know as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Now I’ m sure most of you are hearing this term for the first time. ADHD is a mental health disorder that causes above normal levels of impulsive and hyperactive behaviors. In simpler words, children with ADHD have trouble paying attention and are overly active. It is usually diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood.
Not staying still or having trouble paying attention is a normal thing for children but children with ADHD don’t outgrow these behaviors. They might get worse overtime leading to difficulties in their school life or at home.
Now let’s look at some of the signs and symptoms of ADHD:
- Trouble paying attention:
Children with ADHD have trouble paying attention. They can’t stay focused.
- Incomplete tasks:
As children with ADHD can’t stay focused, they have trouble finishing their task at hand. They move on to another task that interests them without finishing the first one.
- Unable to sit still:
Children with ADHD are unable to sit still. They keep fidgeting or squirming when they are forced to sit still.
Self focused behavior leads the child to talk too much and interrupt others.
- Trouble following instructions:
When a child has ADHD he/she has a lot of trouble following instructions. As a result they are prone to making mistakes when following a certain set of rules and instructions.
It’s not necessary for kids with ADHD to be loud. They can daydream for a long period of time ignoring what is going on in the environment around them.
Children with ADHD find it hard to remember things leading to problems with school work.
- Emotional: it is hard for children with ADHD to keep their emotions in check. This leads to emotional outburst and temper tantrums.
Behaviors such as fidgeting, daydreaming or hyper activeness are very common in children. However you should be vigilant if your child is repeatedly showing signs of ADHD that are getting worse with time and affecting his/her school and personal life. It’s not known for certain what causes ADHD. Evidence suggests that it is inherited.
If your child is suffering from it or if he/she is displaying symptoms of ADHD, it is best to book an appointment with his/her doctor. ADHD can be treated with a proper treatment, healthier lifestyle, proper sleep and supportive parents.
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