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Signs of ADHD in Children

What is ADHD?

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. It is a problem that is generally found in children. It is characterized by inattentiveness, over-activity, impulsivity or a combination of all these problems. Many people often confuse sleeplessness, problems with learning, tic disorders, or behavioral problems with ADHD. Most of the times children that suffer from ADHD may also have some other developmental or psychiatric problems like depression or bipolar disorder. Given below are some of the commonly asked questions about the signs of ADHD that have been answered by Experts.

How can one ensure that therapy for ADHD is successful?

In order to make sure that ADHD therapy is successful, it is important for people to do the following things:
• Parents and caregivers should set appropriate targets and goals for the therapy
• Start medication and behavior therapy
• Check with the doctor at regular intervals to know the status of the goals, results and any side effects of the medication.

If the treatment for the condition does not show any results in spite of all this, the parents will have to first make sure that the child really has ADHD, check for other possible conditions that the child may be suffering from and ensure that the treatment plan is followed properly and regularly. In most situations, a combination of medication and behavior therapy will help to treat the condition.

Around what age will a child be diagnosed with ADHD? A person’s 10 year old grandchild shows signs of the ADHD.

Signs and symptoms of ADHD may start to appear in a child latest by the age of 6. 10 years may be too late to present the signs of the condition. The parents of the child may however, do a thorough physical examination of the child and discuss his/her medical history with a doctor to completely rule out the condition.

Can ADHD be treated in any other way than giving a child prescription drugs?

If a child has been diagnosed with ADHD, then there may be no other way to treat the condition other than prescription drugs. This is because the condition is caused due to the neurotransmitters of the brain that help to regulate attention not performing properly. There have been many studies that have tried to replace medications with behavior therapy. However, behavior therapy alone may not be helpful to treat the condition. It may be best treated using a combination of both prescription drugs and behavioral therapy.

What are the different criteria that must be met in order to diagnose a child with ADHD?

In order to be diagnosed with ADHD, the child should show at least four of the following symptoms of hyperactivity for a minimum period of 6 months and in a great degree:
• Fidgeting with his/her hands and feet and squirming in the seat
• Leaving the seat in a classroom or any other situation when the child is expected to remain seated
• Running around or climbing on top of things when the child is not expected to do so
• Difficulty in trying to play or enjoy other leisure activities quietly
• Impulsively giving answers to questions even before the questions are completed
• Impatience to wait in a line or wait for his/her turn while playing games

These signs should however, surface by the age of 7 in the child and should be present in at least 2 situations like home and school.

Children are hyperactive and impulsive by nature most of the times. However, it can become a matter of concern if this hyperactivity and impulsivity gets out of control causing injuries and damages at times. Many parents and caregivers may not realize that in some children, this kind of behavior could be signs of ADHD. In some other situations, parents who are aware of this condition may panic when their child becomes hyperactive and may worry that he/she has ADHD. It is important for parents not to worry unnecessarily and take the help of a professional if they think that their child’s behavior needs attention. They also need to know what exactly the signs of ADHD are so that they can decide whether the child needs professional help or not.

It may not always be easy for parents to identify the signs and symptoms of ADHD on their own as they can sometimes overlap with other conditions. At such times, parents may seek the help of experts to get more information. If you are such a parent or know any other parent whose child could be showing signs of the condition, you can take your questions and concerns to the Experts on JustAnswer.
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