Hyperactive Disorder In Children
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — also referred to ADD or ADHD — is a biological, brain based condition that is characterized by poor attention and distractibility and/or hyperactive and impulsive behaviors. It is one of the most common mental disorders that develop in children. Symptoms may continue into adolescence and adulthood. If left untreated, ADHD can lead to poor school/work performance, poor social relationships and a general feeling of low self esteem.
Signs and Symptoms Of ADD and ADHD
It is normal for children to have trouble focusing and behaving at one time or another. However, children with ADHD do not just grow out of these behaviors. The symptoms continue and can cause difficulty at school, at home, or with friends.
A child with ADHD might:
- Have a hard time paying attention
- Daydream a lot
- Not seem to listen
- Be easily distracted from schoolwork or play
- Forget things
- Be in constant motion or unable to stay seated
- Squirm or fidget
- Talk too much
- Not be able to play quietly
- Act and speak without thinking
- Have trouble taking turns
- Interrupt others
ADD and ADHD Treatments
In most cases, ADHD is best treated with a combination of medication and behavior therapy. No single treatment is the answer for every child and good treatment plans will include close monitoring, follow-ups and any changes needed along the way.