ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is very common among children today. Oftentimes it is passed down from parents to their children. Until recent years, it was believed that children would eventually grow out of it during their teen years. Today, not all children with ADHD are believed to “grow out of it,” and if they do, symptoms may persist throughout their adult lives. It takes a period of months to diagnose ADHD because you need to know what is contributing to the disorder. In most cases, a child diagnosed with ADHD is also diagnosed with at least one more behavioral problem. Children with ADHD usually display symptoms related to inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior.
Some examples of inattentiveness are that the child has difficulty following instructions, s/he often loses toys, s/he appears to be daydreaming or in another world, or s/he is easily sidetracked. Hyperactivity symptoms tend to be more visible. The child may talk excessively or constantly fidget with their hands. S/he may also have trouble keeping quiet or staying seated. Another symptom that is present in children with ADHD is impulsiveness. Children may have a sense of urgency to reply to or answer someone before a question is asked. S/he may also be very impatient and eager.
The school work or social life of a child or teen with this disorder may also become affected. They may struggle with participating in class or finishing their homework efficiently. Socially, they may not make or keep friends easily. Children with this disorder find it very hard to get along with other students.
There are treatments for ADHD that usually involve medication and therapy. However, there is a risk of addiction to the medications for ADHD. When young people have ADHD, they may abuse the medications prescribed to them or resort to using alcohol or drugs to help cope with the disorder. Using drugs or alcohol may relieve some of the symptoms of the disorder, creating the potential for dependency and addiction. Instead, some alternative methods for treating ADHD include supplements and maintaining a regular sleep schedule.