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ADHD: Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms

Date: March 1, 2017

As per the American Academy of Childhood & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) , Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or (ADHD) is a common childhood illness that can be treated. It is a health condition involving biologically active substances in the brain. Studies show that ADHD may affect certain areas of the brain that allow us to solve problems, plan ahead, understand others’ actions, and control our impulses.

These are the primary symptoms of ADHD:  (as per AACAP)

Hyperactive:

  • children always seem to be in motion.
  • a child who is hyperactive may move around touching or playing with whatever is around, or talk continually
  • during story time or school lessons, the child might squirm around, fidget, or get up and move around the room
  • some children wiggle their feet or tap their fingers.
  • a teenager or adult who is hyperactive may feel restless and need to stay busy all the time

Impulsive:

  • children often blurt out comments without thinking first
  • they may often display their emotions without restraint
  • they may also fail to consider the consequences of their actions
  • such children may find it hard to wait in line or take turns
  • impulsive teenagers and adults tend to make choices that have a small immediate payoff rather than working toward larger delayed rewards

Inattentive:

  • children may quickly get bored with an activity if it’s not something they really enjoy
  • organizing and completing a task or learning something new is difficult for them
  • as students, they often forget to write down a school assignment or bring a book home
  • completing homework can be huge challenge
  • at any age, an inattentive person may often be easily distracted, make careless mistakes, forget things, have trouble following instructions, or skip from one activity to another without finishing anything.

For more information of ADHD, please go to the following websites:

http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/

https://www.aacap.org/aacap/families_and_youth/resource_centers/adhd_resource_center/adhd_a_guide_for_families/What_is_ADHD.aspx

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd/index.shtml

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/info/adhd

http://www.co.bergen.nj.us/index.aspx?NID=356