Understanding the difficult and problematic behaviours of a child can be a tough task. Your child may at times get bored easily, not pay attention while studying, throwing tantrums, running about, climbing around, being defiant, being impatient and drifting into day-dreaming. But that does not mean that your child has ADHD. There are multiple factors that separate these behaviours from those of ADHD. Lets us help you bring clarity about ADHD.
- Difficulty in regulating attention
- Easily distracted and inability to filter out stimuli
- Day dreaming
- Difficulty in persisting with boring routine tasks
- Leaving tasks unfinished
- Overlooking details
- Losing or forgetting things frequently
- Difficulty in processing consequences to their behaviour
- Blurting out answers or saying things without thinking
- Difficulty in taking turns
- Difficulty to waiting
- Frequently interrupting others
- Risk taking
- In constant motion
- As if driven by a motor
- Excessive fidgetiness or not being able to engage in activities quietly
- Talking excessively
- Disruptive classroom/ group behaviour
AM I ALONE TO SUFFER FROM OR PARENT A CHILD WITH ADHD?
No you are not alone! ADHD affects almost 4-12% of the school aged kids.
It is the most common childhood
Types of ADHD:-
Inattentive Type: Primary complaints of poor attention and high distractibility. They are usually not excessively active or disruptive.
Hyperactive Type: Show both hyperactivity and impulsivity in behaviour however do not have much trouble in paying attention.
Combined Type: Features of all the three symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity are present. It is the most common type of ADHD.
|What is FALSE about ADHD||What is TRUE about ADHD|
|× It is not a real disorder/ everybody has some bits of ADHD||✔ADHD is a developmental disorder with difference in the brain development.|
|× The child is retarded/ intellectually poor/ there is brain damage||✔ Intellectual deficits may occur in some children however it is not true for every child with ADHD rather some are intellectual superior. ADHD is not due to “damage” in the brain but rather due to the neuro-developmental difficulties causing neuropsychological deficits.|
|× It is caused by bad parenting or due to past bad deeds.||✔ ADHD has genetic, biological and brain development related causal factors. Not caused by "bad parenting", poor disciplining and is definitely is not a punishment for bad deeds of the parent or family.|
|× The child is doing it purposely, is lazy and late, does not care, does not want to pay attention and is careless.||✔ These difficulties are not in thevoluntary control of the person and occur due to the deficits in executive functioning of the brain. Proper training can improve these deficits.|
|× Medications will sedate the child and cause problems in the child's growth.||✔ The medications for ADHD are safe for children, adolescents and adults. When taken under the supervision of a doctor, the side effects can be avoided or managed. The medicines for ADHD do not have sedative properties.|
|× Medication is Addictive||✔ Medications do not have addictive properties however require close monitoring from the doctor.|
|× Only children are affected by ADHD/ children can overcome ADHD as they grow up.||✔ Children do not outgrow the symptoms of ADHD on their own. ADHD persists from childhood to adolescence in 50%-80% of cases, and into adulthood in 35%–65% of cases. Effective treatment and intervention can lead to better coping and management of ADHD|