“My child is doing poorly in school and has a difficult time concentrating on tasks at hand.” There are countless parents who repeat those same words to their family physicians looking for answers and a name to the disruptions in their child’s everyday struggles with; most commonly, the child’s school work. The resounding answer to this question is “Yes, there is a condition known as ADHD that is treatable with medication. But is ADHD a legitimate medical condition? With so many variables at play on why children act as they do, I find this an intriguing question worth some exploring, so let’s dive in and see what we can uncover about this very controversial topic.
ADHD presents itself in three different forms or types. First there is the inattentive type formerly known as attention deficit disorder (ADD), these children are not disruptive in class or other day to day activities. They are also not overly active which is why their symptoms are overlooked quite frequently. Second, there is the hyperactive/impulsive type. These children are exhibit both hyperactive and impulsive behaviors. Still they are able to pay attention. The third is the combination type (Inattentive/Hyperactive/Impulsive). This is the most common form of ADHD and a child will exhibit all three symptoms. (ADD/ADHD In Children). The process of diagnosing a child with ADHD follows standard guidelines developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. A parent should refer to a physician trained in the diagnosis of ADHD because some behavior can present themselves as ADHD-related but are not including anxiety, depression, undetected seizures and sudden changes in the child’s life such as divorce, a recent move to a new city or town and a death in the family.
Children with ADHD show specific signs such as, squirming and fidgeting. They don’t seem to listen very well and are easily distracted. They also interrupt others and talk a lot when they should be quite. I can see why finding a physician...
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