ADHD in medical terms is a disorder that makes it difficult for a person to pay attention, control impulsive behaviors and or become overly hyperactive. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) usually starts at a very young age and can continue into adulthood. There is nothing to be alarmed about, as its most commonly diagnosed mental disorder in children.
It’s normal for children to occasionally forget where they may have kept things, be inattentive in class, get fidgety or not pay complete attention during homework. But these can also be signs of ADHD and when diagnosed at an early age, it’s simpler and easier to treat.
ADHD is neuro-developmental disorder that usually occurs before the age of seven. It makes it difficult to children to curb their spontaneity and hence attentiveness.
We all have seen children who cannot sit still, are constantly fidgety or have trouble listening to or follow instructions however clearly they may be presented. Sometimes ADHD children are labeled as troublemakers, or criticized for being lazy and undisciplined. If your child suffers from inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity due to ADHD, it can cause many problems if left untreated.
Children suffering from ADHD often struggle in school, get into fights and arguments and may have trouble in social gatherings. Children who are left untreated sometimes grow into troubled adults with anxiety, depression and have low success in all they do.
With the right support and treatment, children can get on track for success in all areas of life.
Parents shouldn’t wait or feel ashamed in getting professional help if they see symptoms of ADHD in their child.
ADHD treatments may typically include behavioral therapy, suggesting a proper age appropriate diet, exercise plan, parent education and training & assistance at home and school with or without medication.
Some of the ways to deal with ADHD at home may include;
- Set Rules: Set simple behavioral rules and have a reward / punishment system that follows.
- Physical activity: Encourage activity that promotes brain development and concentration
- Strict diet – Cutting down on sugar and junk food go a long way in managing ADHD.
- Encourage sleep and routine – change the habit of sleeping in late on holidays and build a routine for your child and yourself.
- Take care of yourself – Not only you become models for your children but to manage ADHD can be stressful. Managing your own stress and taking care of your physical and mental health is important.
- Establish schedule – To help your child focus better, having a simple schedule with healthy and fun activities will help manage and ADHD.
Please note, Education Finders strictly believe in getting ADHD diagnosed and treated professionally as it does not go away on its own as a child grows up and will cause issues in social life.
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