Diagnosing ADHD In Children

Identifying Child ADHD Symptoms

Diagnosing ADHD In children requires a close evaluation of the child’s behavior and qualified knowledge of the symptoms since any normal children can naturally display some behaviors similar to symptoms of ADHD from time to time.

     We’ve heard so much about Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that many parents may wonder whether their unmanageable kids have ADHD or just simply being unruly. ADHD is one of the common behavioral disorders in children. ADHD is a disorder that often begins in childhood and continues into adulthood, it can be diagnosed at any age, but the criteria specified that the symptom should be present as a child before the age of seven.

Like most behavioral disorder there is no objective medical test such as blood analysis or a brain scan that can be used to conclude if a child has ADHD. Instead, diagnosis is based on the child’s behavior whether it matches the symptoms.

      Before jumping into conclusion, it is very imperative to know the symptoms of ADHD. Attention, deficit hyperactivity disorder, has three primary symptoms:

Hyperactivity This is the very common ADHD indication. The inability to sit in one place, very fidgety, keeps moving around or keeps on talking even while engaged in a task, difficulty playing quietly and constant restlessness or always seeming to be “on the go”.

Inattentiveness Is another major indicator of ADHD. The inability to pin his/her attention on a single activity, getting bored quickly or almost all the time distracted. Having difficulty concentrating and always lost in their world or daydreaming, fantasizing about extraordinary situations and can’t seldom follow instruction.

Impulsiveness This almost occurs with hyperactive children. This causes difficulty in waiting for turns, say or do things without thinking and without fearing the consequences, disruptive classroom behavior by intruding or interrupting others’ activities this happens because the child has no power in controlling over his/her emotions.

In some scenarios, the symptoms can be clearly visible or in some cases far less pronounced. The symptoms can be separated or clubbed together. When identifying ADHD, these guidelines should be remembered:

•The symptoms mentioned above should be present before the age of seven.

•The child must exhibit the symptoms for at least six months.

•Significantly impair child’s life in two settings (ex. Home, School).

•Importantly it interferes with child’s daily functioning and relationships among others.

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