Many children have trouble paying attention and can be unruly from time to time. However, if you notice a pattern of a poor focus, disruptive behavior and restlessness, you might begin to wonder if your child has ADHD.
What is ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the most common mental disorders in children.
ADHD is often diagnosed in the first few years of school. This is when a child’s behavior begins to cause problems in class. Experts believe that ADHD may be caused by a mixture of genetic and environmental factors.
People with ADHD often learn to manage and control their symptoms as they grow older. However, they have a higher risk of developing other mental health problems in adulthood, like anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder.
There two main aspects of ADHD are inattentiveness and hyperactivity/impulsiveness.
Inattentiveness includes symptoms like a short attention span, making careless mistakes, forgetfulness, constantly changing activities, difficulty organizing, and struggling to listen to and follow instructions.
Hyperactivity and impulsiveness results in fidgeting, excess movement, being very talkative, impatience, acting without thinking, interrupting, and having no concept of danger.
What we cover in the blog
If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, you may find that you face stigma from family and friends because of the stereotypes and misinformation around what causes ADHD. We attempt to dispel some of the harmful myths about ADHD and help people understand the facts.
Maybe you are trying to decide which is the best kind of treatment for your child. It’s a difficult decision to make, and many parents are sceptical about relying on drugs to treat their child’s behavioral problems.
Everyday life with ADHD can be challenging for parents, teachers, and children. We offer practical advice on day to day life caring for a child with ADHD, including how to improve their social skills and handle aggressive behavior. We even have a few tips for making sure they do their homework!