The symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD, is usually mistaken as regular energetic characteristic of kids. Also, most parents deny that their child has this disorder, and this is the common reason why many kids with this condition are left untreated.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a common mental condition during childhood; it actually affects 3% to 5% of kids in school age. This disorder also shows 4 times more in boys than in girls.
Though the symptoms of ADHD usually diminish or even disappear with age, the symptoms can carry on until adolescence or even until adulthood. Many studies show that this mental condition occurs nearly 2% of adults with ADHD.
Inability to focus attention in a specific task, sit still for a couple of minutes and control impulses are the most obvious symptoms of this condition. This mental disorder is widely spread all over the world.
A research from National Institute of Mental Health in USA said that, nearly 2 million kids are believed to have this disorder. That is almost 1 student with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder for every classroom.
Spotting the symptoms of this condition from a child is usually easy, as kids with ADHD show the symptoms more severely compared to his or her normal playmates.
Though it may not impose serious harm during childhood (considering that parents really pay attention on their child’s health), a child will obviously have difficulty in his or her school work, finishing home works, listening to the teacher and understanding their lessons.
A person with ADHD condition will also have difficulty in handling work, relationship and family issues.
The diagnosis for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder however, is quite hard, as most kids are inactive, impulsive and hyperactive at some point during the day. Thus, only the professionals can make a real diagnosis of such condition.
Normal kids will always show signs of inattention, but kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder conditions will show more of the symptoms of inattention more frequently and severely. The usual characteristics of a kid with this disorder are:
- Inability to focus in one given activity for hours and will often change tasks. Thus, losing the needed objects and tools to finish the particular tasks such as pens, pencils, crayons, etc.
- Does not usually follow a set of instructions and directions at once and does not really pay attention to adult’s orders.
- Often daydreams, thinking about the world of their own.
Hyperactivity is another obvious symptom of this mental condition. Kids usually have high energy, especially when faced in things that caught their attention such as toys and playing with friends.
Kids can usually run and play around for long minutes, but kids with ADHD condition can run and play around for long hours without calming down. They are always in motion with difficulty slowing down when asked.
- They are fretful and uneasy, always moving and unable to sit down for minutes. They touch every thing in sight, causing trouble most of the time because of being careless.
- They find it hard to listen to others, read books and do their home works.
If you think your child has this condition, it would be wise if you seek for professional help. There are number of ways to lessen the symptoms and help your child cope.