ADHD Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD: Fact, Fiction, and What Can Help

When your child is diagnosed with ADHD, so many questions can arise. Here are some facts to help you understand Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder better:

Where to Get Help:

  • Ask your doctor
  • See a Developmental Pediatrician
  • Talk to your child’s school psychologist

Signs of ADHD:

  • Be easily distracted, miss details, forget things, and frequently switch from one activity to another
  • Have difficulty maintaining focus on one task
  • Become bored with a task after only a few minutes, unless doing something enjoyable
  • Have difficulty focusing attention on organizing and completing a task or learning something new
  • Trouble completing or turning in homework assignments, often losing things (e.g., pencils, toys, assignments) needed to complete tasks or activities
  • Not seem to listen when spoken to
  • Daydream, become easily confused, and move slowly
  • Have difficulty processing information as quickly and accurately as others
  • Struggle to follow instructions
  • Fidget and squirm in their seats
  • Talk nonstop
  • Dash around, touching or playing with anything and everything in sight
  • Have trouble sitting still during dinner, school, and story time
  • Be constantly in motion
  • Have difficulty doing quiet tasks or activities
  • Seem impatient
  • Blurt out inappropriate comments, show their emotions without restraint, and act without regard for consequences
  • Have difficulty waiting for things they want or waiting their turns in games

ADHD is:

  • A Neurobehavioral Disorder
  • Syptoms often present before age seven
  • Often Characterized by lack of focus, impulsiveness, and sometimes hyperactivity
  • Believed to effect 3-5% of children globally with 2-16% diagnosed
  • Diagnosed 2-4 x’s more in boys
  • It is normally tested on rating scales

ADHD is NOT:

  • Although it can be associated with other disorders, it does not mean your child has one of these disorders
  • Mean your child will go down a bad path in life
  • A life-long sentence. Only 30-50% of those with it continue having issues with it into adulthood.

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ADHD Attention Deficit Disorder

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