ADD & ADHD in Children
ADD & ADHD in Children and how to Recognize the Signs and Symptoms
Signs and Symptoms of ADD / ADHD
It’s normal for your child to occasionally forget their school work, daydream during math class, act silly without thinking, or get fidgety at the a restaurant. But inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity are also the warning signs or symptoms of ADD or ADHD.
ADD / ADHD can lead to difficulties at home and school, and may affect your child’s ability to learn and socialize properly with others. So it’s important to know what the signs and symptoms are and get help if you recognize them in your family.
We all know children who have difficulties sitting still, who rarely seem to listen, who don’t easily follow instructions no matter how clearly you present them, and whom blurt out inappropriate words at inappropriate times. Sometimes these kids are labeled as troublemakers, or criticized for being lazy and undisciplined. However, it is possible they may have ADHD.
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a disorder that sometimes appears in early childhood. Also known as attention deficit disorder, or ADD. ADD / ADHD makes it difficult for people to inhibit or control their spontaneous responses – everything from movement to speech and attentiveness. The signs and symptoms of ADD / ADHD often appear before the age of 7. However, it can be difficult to distinguish between ADHD and normal children’s behavior. If you spot just a few signs, or the symptoms appear infrequently, it’s probably not ADD / ADHD. On the other hand, if your child shows a number of disruptive ADD / ADHD signs and symptoms that are present across all the time take a closer look.
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