How to Diagnose ADHD / ADD in Your Child
For a parent having your child diagnosed with any medical illness, from a sore throat to leukemia, can be stressfull and worrying, but getting the condition discovered and dealt with, or treated as soon as possible can be a great relief.
ADD and ADHD are two diseases which are most commonly associated with children, but can also affect adults. ADD & ADHD stand for attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactive disorder respectively. The most common stereotype for them is a small uncontrollable child bouncing off the walls, but the condition doesn't always manifest itself like this.
In an average case of ADD/ADHD a child may normally begin to show signs before their 7th birthday, however it can be later, and it possible to develop it even as an adult.
The Signs which a child may exhibit are:
Being inable to concentrate during a boring or repetitive activity.
Acting hyper, or always needing to move around
They act on impulses, or act impulsively.
Some children may only show symptoms of inability to concentrate. This is often overlooked, but can often result in the child not keeping up with the class work, or falling behind.
The signs of inattentiveness are:
Making errors through carelessness
Can be easily distracted from work or activities
Doesn't always listen, or remember what you have said
Don't follow instructions
Don't organize, plan or finish set work with deadlines
Often loses items such as books or stationary.
The signs that your child may be hyperactive are:
Always having to move around, even just a limb
The child cannot sit still quietly, even when it is expected, for example in assembly or in class
Always talking, and not wanting to stay silent even if it is required, in hide and seek say.
The following signs show impulsivity:
Giving answers to questions without being first letting the asker finish their sentence.
Not liking to wait for their turn in games
Constantly butting in to other peoples conversations
Showing emotions strongly, and the being unable to restrain them.
If your child has ADD/ADHD they will exhibit their symptoms not only at one place, but in more than one, for example both at school and at home. Normally they will show most of the symptoms, if they only have a few then they probably do not have ADD/ADHD.
If you discover that your child does suffer from ADD/ADHD then you shouldn't worry. Children with ADD/ADHD have many benefits. Their constant and overlapping daydreams make them creative, able to consider more than one option at once, driven when they find something that they like, and often very entertaining, so you really shouldn't worry.
If you think your child may have either condition then you should take them to a doctor, however only if they have been suffering from the symptoms for more than 6 months, other wise the physician may turn you away.
It's better to take them and be wrong, than to leave it and let your child miss out on the opportunity to do well and relieve themselves from their symptoms.