What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

Now that the kids are back to school, it is important to remember that it is normal for a child to experience trouble focusing on something especially if they have no interest in it, such as school. Just like it can also be difficult for a child to behave negatively anywhere because they may not be able to communicate their needs or wants or perhaps they want a toy at a store and we have already said “no” to them. Eventually, the child will grow out of these behaviors; however, if the symptoms continue it would be beneficial to seek professional help.

What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. It is important to note that adults can have Attention Deficit Disorders as well. Children with ADHD may experience difficulty paying attention, controlling impulsive behavior, and may be overly active.

Symptoms of ADHD

  • Daydreaming a lot
  • Forgetful
  • Talk too much
  • Making careless mistakes
  • Taking unnecessary risks
  • Difficulty taking turns
  • Difficulty getting along with others

Types of ADHD

  • Predominantly Inattentive Presentation: The individual has a hard time organizing or finishing a task, difficulty paying attention to details, or to even follow instructions. In addition, the individual is easily distracted or forgetful.
  • Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation: The individual talks a lot, has difficulty sitting still, may run, jump or climb a lot. As well as being impulsive.
  • Combined Presentation: Predominantly Inattentive Presentation symptoms and Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation symptoms are combined in this type of ADHD.

If you or anyone you know may be struggling with ADHD and live in the Chicagoland area, feel free to call Olive Branch Counseling Associates at (708) 633-8000 and talk to a professional.

Yadira

Graduate Intern

References

What is ADHD? (2020, April 08). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/facts.html

Image: https://www.verywellmind.com/adhd-overview-4157275

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