Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental illness of the neurodevelopmental type. It is often diagnosed in childhood but can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Early symptoms usually appear in children between the ages of 6 and 12.
ADHD Causes Poor Performance
Children with ADHD may develop a group of behavioral symptoms, including impulsiveness, inattentiveness, and hyperactivity, that are not appropriate for their age. These symptoms can also cause poor performance at home, school, or work.
ADHD usually makes it difficult for affected individuals to control their hyperactive, impulsive behaviors. They may also have coexisting problems, such as sleep and panic disorders. However, the good news is that ADHD is readily treated nowadays with appropriate psychotherapy, lifestyle changes, Christian addiction treatment, and medications.
Identify ADHD early
People with ADHD can lead full, productive lives. But early identification and treatment of this disorder are very important, as persisted symptoms can have serious consequences — including conduct disorder, difficulty building interpersonal relationships, depression, problems in employment, and substance dependence.
ADHD Signs and Symptoms
There are three primary characteristics of ADHD symptoms: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Not surprisingly, many children may normally have these behavioral symptoms in their childhood at one time or another. However, for children with this disorder, the symptoms are more severe and happen more often.
Symptoms of inattention include:
- Difficulty concentrating on one thing
- Frequent switch from an incomplete activity to another
- A tendency to make careless mistakes
- Struggle to follow instructions
- Lack of attention to details
- Appearing not to listen when spoken directly
- Easily distracted by inapt stimuli
- Disorganized work habits
- Forget or loose things
- A feeling of getting bored with tasks before they’re completed
- Daydreaming a lot
Symptoms of hyperactivity include:
- Inability to sit still or squirming when seated
- Constant fidgeting
- Excessive talking
- Getting up recurrently to walk or run around
- Running or climbing unreasonably knowing that it’s inappropriate
- Having difficulty in executing quiet tasks or activities
- Be persistently in motion
Symptoms of impulsivity include:
- Acting without regard for consequences
- Blurting out unreasonable comments
- Inability to keep a hold on emotions
- Be very impatient
- Difficulty delaying responses
- Struggle for taking turns
- Frequent interfering in others’ activities
Self-assessment of ADHD
Are you suspecting that you may have ADHD, and are dual diagnosis? If so, simply ask yourself the following questions on how you have behaved and felt during the last 6 months. If you identify yourself with three or more of the following symptoms, consider seeking professional help and support.
- Do you often have difficulty keeping your attention while doing something at home, school, or work?
- Do you often find it difficult to keep your concentration on what others say to you, even when they are directly talking with you?
- Do you frequently make careless mistakes while working on a boring or difficult project?
- Do you often have difficulty in organizing things (e.g. your possessions, when making plans)?
- Do you often find it difficult to follow instructions?
- Do you frequently lose or misplace things at home or at work?
- Do you regularly have problems remembering appointments or obligations?
- Do you often feel restless?
- Do you sometimes feel overly active and compelled to do things?
- Do sounds or things around you often distract you?
- Do you often find it hard to sit still when you need to sit down for a long time?
- Do you often interfere in others’ activities?
- Do you have trouble taking turns?
Please note that the above questions are for informational purposes only and are not intended to serve as a screening or assessment tool for ADHD. Diagnosis of ADHD requires a thorough screening and assessment by a qualified, trained professional, preferably a psychiatrist.
How to Help Someone with an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?
If your child is diagnosed with ADHD, don’t be upset. Your frustrations can lead your child to low self-esteem and can cause friction and stress for the whole family. You need to have patience of a saint, because it will take a lot of efforts to get your child to finish things correctly.
Your child may get into frequent trouble, struggle in school, make careless mistakes, and have difficulty to get along with others or make friends.
Effective, comprehensive therapy from an authority like Devotions Recovery Center, can make a big difference in in treating your child’s condition. You can help him/her by learning about the disorder, observing the symptoms, offering hope and inspiration, and being a trusted supporter in treatment.