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What are the signs and symptoms of ADHD? How do I know if you need help dealing with the symptoms?
ADHD, or Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, includes a difficulty to focus attention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. These traits are shown by most children at some point, ADHD is most often diagnosed in childhood after children enter school, but it can be diagnosed in adolescence and even adulthood, and there are generally three kinds of ADHD:
- 1. Combined symptoms (the most common) - Involves both the inability to focus and hyperactivity
- 2. Inattentive ADHD (also called ADD) - Marked by impaired attention and concentration
- 3. Hyperactive-Impulse ADHD - Hyperactivity without the loss of focus and concentration
- Difficulty paying attention in class and tendency to make simple or careless mistakes
- Easily distracted by noises and actions usually ignored by other people
- Unable to finish tasks or perform tasks that require concentration for a long period of time
- Procrastination (for fear of never finishing or being unable to focus)
- Disorganization and moving on from one incomplete task to another
- Frequent shifts in conversation and unable to follow rules in social situations
- Always fidgeting when sitting down
- Getting up to walk or run frequently
- Running and climbing when inappropriate
- Always on the go, unable to enjoy quiet or slow leisure activities like reading or writing
So how do you know if you need help dealing with ADHD? If any of these symptoms interfere with a healthy, happy lifestyle for yourself or your child, then getting some direction and guidance from a counselor or doctor is always a good idea. Some children with ADHD can develop learning problems that don’t go away on their own, including difficulty in following instructions and getting poor grades or performance reviews at school or work. Accordingly, depression and anxiety problems can arise.
In the end, you want to succeed in life, and you want to see your children succeed as well—if patience, love, and understanding isn’t enough, there are steps you can take (including therapy and medication) that can help repair the body’s normal function. Often, ADHD isn’t just a mental problem, it’s physical as well. Always talk to your doctor of therapist to see what is right for you or your child!