ADHD or, attention-deficit/hyperactive disorder, is a common mental health disorder in children (Black, D.W., Borenstein, J, Frank, E., Hales, R.E., Kupfer, D.R., Schultz, S.K., 2015). The main aspects of this disorder include inattention, or a person’s inability to keep focused, excess or hyperactive movement that is not suitable for the situation, and impulsivity or impulsive acts that are carried out in the moment and are not thought out (Black, et al. 2015).
Symptoms of ADHD
ADHD can be a difficult disorder to identify and diagnose. It is important that parents and caregivers don’t fall for the many myths or misconceptions about this disorder and are aware of the symptoms, and how many symptoms are associated with the disorder. In a book published by the American Psychiatric Association entitled, Understanding Mental Disorders, it states that for children under the age of 12 to be diagnosed the child must have at least six symptoms present that have lasted for six months or more (Black, D.W., et al., 2015).
There are nine symptoms of inattention and nine symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity. Some of these symptoms include but are not limited to the follow symptoms listed below:
- Has problems staying focused in tasks or leisure, such as during lectures, conversations, or long reading.
- Does not seem to listen when spoken to (mind seems to be elsewhere).
- Runs or climbs about where it is inappropriate.
- Has difficulty waiting his or her turn, such as a while waiting in line.
- Not able to stay seated (in the classroom, workplace) (Black, D.W., et al., 2015).
More information on ADHD and a more extensive list of symptoms for both inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity can be found online at the ADHD Institute’s official website. Contact Life Change Associates if you believe your child may be suffering from ADHD. One of our highly qualified psychiatric medical professionals will evaluate your child and make sure you get an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.
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References: Black, D.W., Borenstein, J., Frank, E., Hales, R.E., Kupfer, D.J., Schultz, S.K. (2015). Understanding Mental Disorders: Your Guide to DSM-5, 11-12.