Diagnosis Of The Month: What is ADHD?
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is characterized as an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. ADHD is one of the most common mental disorders affecting kids and often lasts into adulthood. It is more common in boys than in girls. Diagnosing your child with ADHD is difficult because there are currently no lab tests to identify the disorder. The disorder is often overlooked in girls because their symptoms tend to differ from those of boys. This may be the reason why boys are twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than girls.
Unfortunately, a cause for ADHD has yet to be identified. However genetics is a factor, three out of four children with ADHD also have a relative with the disorder.
There are three types: inattention, hyperactivity/impulsivity and combined. Some people may only have one type and others suffer from both inattention and hyperactivity. The combined type of ADHD is the most common in children. Although it is normal for children to have trouble paying attention or focusing, these behaviors in children with ADHD are severe.
Some symptoms commonly found in children with ADHD include:
Forgetfulness or losing things
Difficulty getting along with others
Talking a lot
Having a hard time resisting temptation
Taking unnecessary risks or making careless mistakes
Trouble talking turns and getting along with others
Treatment for adults and children such as medication, counseling and skills training help manage symptoms of ADHD. As there is no one test to diagnose ADHD, the first step would be to reach out to a healthcare provider to evaluate the symptoms. If you believe your child displays symptoms of ADHD, we’re here to help you. Complete a referral form and we will be in touch.