ADHD is one of the most common childhood brain disorders that can continue through adolescence and into adulthood. Some people may assume that if their child is hyper or lacks focus when completing a task, then they must have ADHD. This is not always the case. There are some specific ways to tell if a diagnosis of ADHD may be appropriate.
- Your child is in constant motion
- They squirm or fidget
- They do not seem to listen
- Have trouble playing quietly
- Often talk excessively
- Interrupt others
- Are easily distracted
- Do not complete tasks
If your child is diagnosed with ADHD, there are ways to help him/her. There are different types of treatment and each one should be explored to find out which one will help your child and is most suited for you child.
To date, there is no specific cause of ADHD. Many studies suggest that genes can play a role and that ADHD often runs in families. Environmental factors, brain injury, food additives, as well as sugar intake have also been shown to play a role in the symptoms and cause of ADHD in children.
It is important to take note that even when your child exhibits the signs and symptoms of ADHD, this may not always be the diagnosis that they receive. It’s important to work with a professional and go through the proper channels to receive the diagnosis.
Children mature at different rates and have different personalities, temperaments and energy levels. Most children at one time or another will exhibit the above signs. Again, this does not necessarily mean that he/she has ADHD.
There is not one single test that is used to diagnose ADHD. A regulated professional will work with your child, gather information about the child’s behaviours and environment, and conduct the proper assessments. Often times, the first place to start is by seeing a pediatrician who can make the proper referrals and/or conduct the assessments themselves.
Treatments can include medication, psychotherapy, education and training. All of the treatments are aimed at trying to reduce the symptoms of ADHD, not to cure them.
It is important to watch for the above signs and symptoms and see if there are any patterns in your child’s behaviour. If you are concerned about your child’s behaviour, it is important to have them seen by their doctor and/or other professional to ensure early intervention.