What is ADHD?
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders of childhood that affects 5-8% of children. It is usually first diagnosed in childhood, and 60% of cases (approximately 4% of adults) can last into adulthood. It is also sometimes referred to as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). The basic difference between adult and child ADHD is that the symptoms are different. Some symptoms such as hyperactivity and restlessness are not as common, and others such as chronic disorganization, inability to prioritize, tend to worsen. One hallmark symptom of adult ADHD is the inability to self-regulate. Children with ADHD have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors (may act without thinking) and are overly active.
Signs and Symptoms of ADHD
Daydream a lot
Forget or lose things a lot
Excessive squirming or fidgeting
Talking too much
Making careless mistakes or taking unnecessary risks
Have a hard time resisting temptation
Have trouble taking turns
Have difficulty getting along with others
There is no single test to diagnose ADHD, but there are signs and symptoms that can collectively suggest a child is struggling with the condition. Children with ADHD do not grow out of the symptoms and it can start to cause difficulty in school and in daily life activities.
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