Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder
Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is characterized by behavior problems such as inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. Children with ADHD often have difficulties with academics and sometimes have problems controlling behavior in school and at home.
While the numbers vary, 3 to 7percent of school-aged children have symptoms consistent with ADHD. The average age of onset, or the beginning of symptoms, is three – four. Boys are about three times as likely as girls to develop ADHD.
While some children with ADHD have relatively few problems associated with the disorder, some experience significant problems with parents, teachers, siblings and peers. Because of these problems, social isolation sometimes occurs, which can lead to problems with depression as well.
Stimulant medications are often helpful for children with ADHD. However, even with medications, children may still have need of additional treatment. In fact, current research suggests that treatment with a combination of medications and therapy have better results than medications alone. Behavior Modification and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy are often used to assist children and parents in regulating both behavior and emotions.
Some helpful questions to ask yourself are “Does my child...:
- seem to “never slow down”?
- seem to act impulsively without thinking about consequences?
- have problems following rules?
- have difficulty following through on homework, chores, and other assignments?
- have difficulty organizing tasks and activities?
- seem to have trouble sitting still?
- avoid tasks that require sustained attention?
Answering “yes” to several of the above questions may indicate that a child is at risk for ADHD.
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