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What are the early signs of ADHD?

Monday 16/April/2018 - 01:03 PM
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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a condition that affects behavior. It causes people to be hyperactive and impulsive. They may also be easily distracted and have difficulty concentrating or sitting still. Medics Today said.
Known as ADHD، the condition is a mental health disorder that affects both adults and children and is recognized by the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

Signs of ADHD are different in adults and children. This article explains what to look for and how to source help and treatment.

What are the signs of ADHD in children?
ADHD is thought to affect 1 in 10 children between 5 to 17 years old. Children are usually tested and diagnosed because they have problems at school.

Signs in children include:

Inattention، such as:

not paying attention in class
making careless mistakes in schoolwork
appearing not to listen
being unable to follow instructions
being unable to finish schoolwork
having difficulty getting organizing
avoiding tasks that require focus، such as homework
losing or forgetting items
becoming easily distracted
Hyperactivity and impulsivity، such as:

fidgeting
being unable to remain in their seat
being constantly in motion
running or climbing on things when it is not appropriate or allowed
interrupting the teacher
talking too much
having difficulty playing quietly
intruding on other children's games or interrupting them when speaking
finding it hard to wait their turn
A child who is diagnosed with ADHD will often have symptoms for more than 6 months and behave in ways not considered normal for a child of their age.

What are the signs of ADHD in adults?
As many as 60 percent of people diagnosed with ADHD as children continue to have symptoms as adults. For many، these symptoms become less intense with age.

Treatment to manage symptoms is essential as the condition can negatively impact someone's life without it.

ADHD in adults can affect relationships، careers، and day-to-day functioning. Symptoms affect aspects of daily life، such as time management and can cause forgetfulness and impatience.

Does your child have ADHD?
It is difficult to diagnose ADHD in children under 4 years old because their behavior continually changes. They may be very energetic and distracted one day and calmer and focused other days.

Toddlers with ADHD may show early signs، including:

restlessness
running، climbing، and jumping on everything
nonstop chattering
the inability to concentrate
difficulty settling for naps
difficulty sitting still at mealtimes
It is important to note that many young children have short attention spans، may have tantrums، and can be full of energy during different developmental stages.

A parent should make an appointment with their doctor if they are concerned about their child's behavior and feel it is having a negative impact on family life.

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