Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD in Children is all about recognising the Signs and Symptoms and Getting Help.

It is normal for children to occasionally forget their homework, misplace items, have difficulty with organisation or get fidgety. But these behaviours can also be signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

By school age, most children have learned how to pay attention to others, to sit quietly when instructed to, and not to say everything that they are thinking out loud. Children with ADHD have difficulty controlling their impulsivity, have trouble sustaining attention and are easily distracted. This can impact on learning at school and also forming stable friendships. This leads to a great deal of frustration and low self-esteem causing stress for the entire family.

The first step to addressing the problem and getting your child the help he or she needs is to learn to recognise the signs and symptoms of ADHD. It is essential that you see a Paediatrician to explore and rule out the following possibilities:

  • Learning disabilities or problems with reading, writing, motor skills, or language.
  • Psychological disorders including anxiety or depression.
  • Medical conditions, including thyroid problems, epilepsy, and sleep disorders.

Treatment of ADHD can make a dramatic difference. With the right support, your child can get back on track. If you or your child’s school teacher are worried about your child’s learning or behaviour, it is time to get medical assistance.

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