Thursday, October 17, 2013

Does your child have ADD, ADHD, or both?

This article presents many common symptoms of ADD and ADHD to help parents determine if their child should be further evaluated for these conditions.

Does your child have Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or both?

People with ADHD show a persistent pattern of inattention or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development, according to the Center for Disease Control. If a child exhibits six or more of each of the following patterns of symptoms, they may require further evaluation by a professional, according to the CDC:

■Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, at work, or with other activities.
■Often has trouble holding attention on tasks or play activities.
■Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
■Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace.
■Often has trouble organizing tasks and activities.
■Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to do tasks that require mental effort over a long period of time, such as schoolwork or homework.
■Often loses things necessary for tasks and activities, such as pencils and books.
■Is often easily distracted.
■Is often forgetful in daily activities.

Hyperactivity and Impulsivity
■Often fidgets with or taps hands or feet, or squirms in seat.
■Often leaves seat in situations when remaining seated is expected.
■Often runs about or climbs in situations where it is not appropriate.
■Often unable to play or take part in leisure activities quietly.
■Is often "on the go" acting as if "driven by a motor".
■Often talks excessively.
■Often blurts out an answer before a question has been completed.
■Often has trouble waiting his/her turn.
■Often interrupts or intrudes on others.

Other indications of possible concerns include that several inattentive or hyperactive-impulsive symptoms were present before the child was 12, that symptoms are present in two or more settings, such as at home and school, that the symptoms interfere with socializing, school and work, and that the symptoms are not better explained by another mental disorder, according to the CDC.

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