September 29th, 2017
Have you been noticing your child staring into space more frequently than usual? Or does he have trouble staying still and keeps fidgeting and squirming? While you may think that you are spotting signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), most diagnosis happens when your child enters his teens, and can only be confirmed upon meeting the specific criteria for ADHD symptoms.
Learning more about ADHD is the best way to stay ahead of the complex mental health disorder, allowing you to be acutely aware of the common symptoms and getting your child the help he needs. Here is a simple self-test for you to check off to have a better idea of whether junior has ADHD or is simply distracted.
Note: This checklist is provided for informational purposes and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
– My child tends to disrupt the class, especially when it comes to quiet activities.
– My child is constantly fidgeting and squirming in his chair.
– My child has trouble waiting for his turn in games, and tends to grab toys from playmates.
– My child constantly interrupts conversations and can be intrusive by blurting out answers and comments.
– My child is always on the move and can be excessively talkative.
If you find yourself checking off three or more of these statements, your child may have predominantly hyperactive-impulsive ADHD. This type of ADHD is disruptive and tends to hinder both his own learning as well as his classmates’.
– My child gets bored easily and finds it hard to listen.
– My child has difficulty learning new information and organising thoughts.
– My child loses things necessary for tasks or activities, such as toys, homework assignments, pencils, books, and so on.
– My child has trouble following instructions and finishing tasks.
– My child moves slowly and appears to be daydreaming.
If you find yourself checking off three or more of these statements, your child may have predominantly inattentive ADHD. Children with this type of ADHD may experience more symptoms of inattention than those of impulsivity and hyperactivity. This type is also more predominant with girls than boys.
Most of us, whether normal or with ADHD, experience inattentiveness and a propensity for being distracted to varying degrees. But when the behaviour occurs more frequently or interferes with day to day function, it is best to talk with a physician or a licensed mental health practitioner. Treatments, while not able to completely cure ADHD, can substantially reduce these behaviours.
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