Don’t Be in Denial: Six Signs Your Child Might Have ADHD

English: Symptoms of ADHD described by the lit...

English: Symptoms of ADHD described by the literature (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the common behavior disorders that start in childhood. According to the American Psychiatric Association, up to seven percent of school-aged children have this condition. Those who are diagnosed with ADHD exhibit three main symptoms: impulsivity, inattention, and hyperactivity. They have a hard time organizing tasks and activities, and fail to give close attention to details. Most children with ADHD are easily distracted by outside stimuli and have trouble sitting still.

As a parent, it’s important to learn how to recognize potential ADHD symptoms and know when to get help. Here are six signs that your child might have this disorder:

Inability to Sustain Attention

Children with ADHD are unable to pay attention to anything for more than a few minutes. They become bored with a task quickly and have difficulty maintaining focus. A child suffering from this disorder will struggle to follow instructions and learn new things. He may also have trouble completing homework assignments and organizing tasks.

Hyperactivity

If your child talk too much and seems to be in constant motion, he might have ADHD. An individual with hyperactivity will have a hard time doing quiet tasks. He’ll be constantly in motion, touching or playing with anything and everything in sight. Children with ADHD may be continually jumping, climbing, or running. They also fidget and talk a lot. You may find some herbal remedies or traditional methods can calm your child and help him focus better at school.

Impulsivity

Does your child interrupt others or answer before the entire question has been asked? One of the main symptoms of ADHD is impulsivity. Children suffering from this condition will act before considering consequences. They are very impatient and have difficulty waiting for things they want. Individuals with ADHD may initiate conversations at inappropriate times, knock over objects, and engage in dangerous activities without considering the consequences.

Constant Distraction

Most children diagnosed with this disorder are constantly distracted by sights and sounds around them. They are frequently interrupting ongoing tasks, making careless mistakes in school. These kids find it difficult to follow instructions or conversations.

Food Sensitivities

Research shows that many children with ADHD suffer from food sensitivities. If this is the case with your child, remove dairy products, wheat, eggs, chocolate, artificial sweeteners, and sugar from his diet.

Hyperfocus

Some toddlers with this disorder are frequently labeled inattentive when they’re actually hyperfocused. Most times your child is paying attention only to those things that interest him more than what you’re trying to call attention to. A recent study suggests that children with ADHD devote all of their interest into one activity at a time.

ADHD symptoms vary from one person to another. Children suffering from this condition have differences in the parts of their brains that control activity and attention. Once you understand the problems your child is struggling with, you can work together to overcome them.

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