Inability to sit still and focus attention in specific tasks and control impulses are symptoms of a child having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or commonly known as ADHD.
This disorder is common in all places of the world, affecting about 3 to 5 children of school-age and occurs four times in boys than in girls. In United States alone, 2 million children have been estimated by National Institute of Mental Health to have this condition.
One children’s classroom is also estimated to have at least one ADHD student. And though this disorder normally occurs in child age, it can still persist until adolescence and adulthood. It was also estimated that up to 2% of adults now have this disorder.
Spotting this disorder in a child is normally easy, usually they show more symptoms frequently and more severely compared to other kids of their age. This mental disorder may cause a person to have difficulty in school, work, relationship and family.
However, the diagnosis for this disorder is quite difficult, as most children are inactive, hyperactive and impulsive at least some of the time. Only professionals can make a true diagnosis for this condition.
This article will sort out some example of the characteristics of a child with this condition.
Young kids normally show signs of inattention, but for kids who have ADHD, they show more inattention more frequently and severely. Examples of this characteristic are:
- Can not focus in one activity for a long period of time, and often changes tasks. As a result, losing necessary tools to finish the tasks like pens, colors, paper, etc.
- Seem to not paying attention, can’t follow a set of directions at once.
- Often daydreams and imagines being in a world of their own.
Another symptom of ADHD is hyperactivity. Normally, young kids have a high energy level, they can play and run around for minutes, but kids with ADHD are just extreme as they can’t seem to calm down. Thus, they are always in motion and have a great difficulty in slowing down their mind and body when needed.
- Very uneasy and fretful. Unable to sit still and always on the move, touching and getting every thing in sight.
- Finding it very hard to keep quiet in doing activities such as listening to others while speaking, reading books or answering homework.
Aside from hyperactivity, impulsivity is another obvious symptom of this Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Normal children may display impulsiveness at some point of their childhood; however kids with ADHD experience this attitude more frequently than normal kids. Impulsive children are:
- Extremely impatient, they outburst emotion quickly and unable to control frustration and anger.
- They can’t control verbal outburst, resulting them to saying inappropriate words and comments.
- Constantly interrupts others when speaking or doing something, especially their parents.
If you suspect that your son has this disorder, then you better pay attention for these symptoms then ask for professional help ASAP. Counseling, medications, social skills and training can help contain the child.