ADHD is the acronym for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and it can affect both young and old. If you have ADHD as an adult, you more than likely were diagnosed when you were young. Most symptoms of ADHD are caught when children are in grade school. Your child's teachers may have spotted some of the signs of ADHD, or maybe you have spotted the signs in your child. If you aren't sure of the signs, read on for a few below, and what treatment options are available.
1. Inability To Focus
Your child may exhibit signs that they are unable to focus on a particular task, especially when that task requires too much attention and mental abilities. Your child may not be able to finish a task at all without moving onto other tasks, or doing other things, rather than doing the particular task they weres asked to do in the first place. If your child has an inability to focus on a task or rarely finishes a task given to them, it could be a sign of ADHD. Most children with ADHD may have an inability to get through a task without constantly needing to be reminded of what they should be doing to help keep them on task.
2. Impatient Or Have A Hard Time Taking Turns
If your child has an issue with taking turns, or is very impatient, as in cannot wait to speak, or constantly interrupts, it could be a sign of ADHD. This can be difficult to tell if it's ADHD, as younger children usually have a difficult time with this. However, if your child is in grade school, this is usually a task that should have been mastered. If your child still has a hard time with this, it may be a sign of ADHD. Your child may also still have temper tantrums, which is also a sign of ADHD.
3. Difficult Time Listening
Most children have an issue with this, but if you are speaking to your child and giving specific directions, and your child cannot process the information correctly, it may be a sign of ADHD. Some children with ADHD can look directly at you but aren't actually focused on the information being provided. If your child has this issue, it may not be a listening issue, but rather an ADHD issue.
If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, they aren't alone. There is a great number of children that have also been diagnosed with ADHD, and treatment options are available. Your child may be prescribed medication that can help with focus. This medication may need to be adjusted with time and to get it just right for your child. Other treatment options include behavioral therapy and other types of therapy as well.
If you suspect your child has ADHD, take them in for an ADHD evaluation to be sure, and find out what treatment options are available to get your child focused and able to tackle each and every day.