Facts about Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD

ADHD or Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the common types of attention deficit problems. It characterizes problems regarding both behavior and attention of an individual. A smaller figure of a population usually has attention problems only.  This type of ADHD is known as ADHD-predominantly inattentive type.

ADHD is not some type of a “Fad” diagnosis. Literature dating back to 1700s indicates that there were some children with the Attention Deficit Problem (ADD).  The condition was adequately described in the nineteen thirties. Along with it came the discovery that there were some stimulant medications that reduced hyperactivity.  Before this problem was classified as a medical condition, people with attention and behavioral deficit were usually seen as slow learners, unmotivated and lazy.

The only problem with ADHD is that since there exists no absolute tests to test for the problem, there always is the risk of misdiagnosis.

If my child doesn’t display ADHD symptoms all the time then he does not have the condition?

There are certain situations where children diagnosed with ADHD can maintain their attention as well as keep their behavior in check. For instance, the child will calmly watch TV, play a computer or a video game, and engage in interesting or different tasks in the presence of an adult among others; with all these being dine in quiet areas.

It should however be noted that ADHD symptoms will most likely show up in stimulating areas, for instance, toy stores, grocery stores, amusement parks, parties, as well as areas where the child has to pay attention and sit still for long periods, examples churches, classrooms among others, or do prolonged or tedious tasks.

Children with the predominantly inattentive form of ADHD are always less hyperactive. Most usually go unnoticed by their physicians as well as their teachers until when they become teens and the academic works becomes extremely overwhelming.  Most of the time they are always mistaken for being lazy and unmotivated due to the fact they always are the underachievers in class. As they get more work, completion of this work becomes difficult with homework posing a great challenge for both the parent and the child. Most of the teenagers are always forgetful and disorganized.

What are the causes of ADHD?

So far, the cause still remains unknown. Studies on genetics indicate that this is usually the cause in a number of cases. Further research point towards the brain regions that manage attention, control impulses and filter-out distractions are the factors behind this development. ADHD usually has no reference to intelligence.

In some cases, other causes of ADHD include a low-birth weight, cocaine babies (from the mothers that used cocaine when expectant), alcohol babies (from expectant mothers who consumed alcohol), lead poisoning or a serious head injury.

Any special problems related with ADHD?

Photo: David Castillo Dominici/freedigitalphotos.net

Photo: David Castillo Dominici/freedigitalphotos.net

Children who have this condition have been found to have more than the expected degree of infections of the ears, anger problems, and substance abuse especially during their teenage years, defiance of the rules, cruelty, absenteeism, fire setting and criminal behaviour.

All said and done, it is a little bit difficult to identify ADHD with it taking a while before being diagnosed or discovered. If your child exhibits some of the aforementioned problems, be patient with the child. Offer the child a great deal of emotional support till the root of the predicament is discovered. If your child has been found out to have ADHD, obtain as much info as can be found regarding the condition and share it with the teachers and counselors. It is also important to learn how to cope with the condition.

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