My son was diagnosed with ADHD disorder when he was in first grade. It’s common for the diagnosis at this age because that’s when most of the symptoms appear. He was inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive. Did you know that this occurs in 3% – 5% of all children? It’s also more common in boys than girls. So if you suspect an ADHD disorder in your child, it’s time to gather some ADHD information.
ADHD can be broken down into three areas:
(1) Inattentive– earlier known as ADHD disorder. The child wasn’t very active and would seem to be a daydreamer. This was my son. I couldn’t get him to focus on anything!
(2) Hyperactive– This means the child is overly active and impulsive but can pay attention when needed.
(3) Combination– This is where most children fall into. They are hyperactive and inattentive and impulsive. Now you’ve got your hands full!
If your child has these traits , you might want to look in the mirror because attention defecit disorder disorder has been linked to heredity. It means the child may have inherited the inability to produce chemicals that can organize thoughts.
Some ADHD information you may not be aware of is that substance abuse or smoking during pregnancy can be linked to this disorder. Also a significantly low birth weight, postnatal injury to prefrontal regions of the brain and excessive levels of lead in the blood has also been linked to the occurrence of ADHD.
Some of the symptoms you should look for include:
* squirming and fidgeting a lot
* being in constant motion
* being easily distracted
* not finishing their tasks
* not listening
* talking too much
* not playing well with others
To diagnose ADHD in a child, American Academy of Pediatrics has developed a standard set of guidelines for children in the age group of six to twelve years. Below the age of six is just to difficult to administer the test. Although ADHD disorder is among the most mis-diagnosed ailments, the tests are strict. Your child has to show at least six of the symptoms for a period of six months. Your pediatrician will also want to interview family and caretakers to further assess the diagnosis.