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Recognising ADHD In Children

Recognising ADHD in Children...

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ADHD in children

Recognising ADHD symptoms and characteristics in children is not an easy process.

There is no blood test or x-ray that can quickly and easily diagnose children with ADHD.

In fact, diagnosing your child with ADHD is a process which should only be done by an experienced healthcare provider.

Behaviours associated with ADHD can actually be caused by other medical conditions. If you have any concerns about your child's health you should discuss the matter with your doctor.

If there are concerns that your child may have ADHD, you should insist on a full ADHD assessment performed by an experienced health care provider which includes a complete medical examination.

Checklists which describe symptoms of children with ADHD can raise red flags in terms of your child's need for testing, but checklists are not designed as a diagnosis.

You should be aware that teachers, school administrators and childcare providers utilizing checklists are not qualified to diagnose ADHD.

Extreme Behaviours Associated With ADHD In Children

Many children can be described as full of energy, with a short attention span. Behaviours associated with children with ADHD are considered extreme, to the point where they cannot be ignored.

Behaviours are not considered to be age appropriate and they cannot be explained by a change in your child's life, such as a divorce or a family move.

The length of behaviours associated with children with ADHD is also an important factor.

Symptoms of children with ADHD appear before your child reaches age 7, and are prevalent for years. These behaviours also affect your child in more than one setting; such as at school and at home.

Recognising The Differences Of ADHD In Children

It is also important for you to understand that children with ADHD are not all the same.

The ADHD spectrum can affect each ADHD child differently. While some children have ADHD Predominantly Hyperactive- Impulsive Type, other children have ADHD Predominantly Inattentive Type. And some children have ADHD Combined Type.

The symptoms of a child with inattentive ADHD may not be as obvious, as these children are typically not as active or as disruptive as children with ADHD Hyperactive Impulsive type. In fact the large majority of girls with ADHD have Inattentive Type.

Treating ADHD/ADD In Children

Because ADHD is a medical condition causing a chemical imbalance in your child's brain, medication can affectively counteract that chemical imbalance and improve ADHD behaviour in your child.

Prescribed medication, such as Ritalin, Focalin, Metadate and Dexedrine provides a stimulant for your child that allows your child to better focus and concentrate and also improves impulse control and lessens hyperactivity.

ADHD is also affectively treated with various psychological treatments, such as special education, social skills training, behaviour modification, and cognitive therapy.


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