We all want the best for our children. It’s only natural to hope your child succeeds in school, enjoys social activities and leads a happy life. Yet, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can prevent that from happening. The three main symptoms of ADHD are:
- Inattention - The child has a hard time paying attention. They are easily distracted, often daydream, and are not very organized.
- Hyperactivity - The child can’t sit still, has a hard time staying seated, and talks without stopping.
- Impulsivity - The child appears rude, interrupts when others are talking, is impatient, and acts without thinking.
Don’t All Kids Act That Way?
Yes, all children behave this way from time to time. This is normal, and not cause for alarm. When a child has ADHD, however, this behavior pattern happens more often, is more severe and it gets in the way of leading a normal life. Sometimes children can go through a phase that resembles this disorder. Other times behavior modification can correct the issue
When to See a Doctor
Since many children do behave in ways that are similar to a child who has ADHD, you will need professional help to make certain they have the disorder. A pediatrician will put the child through a series of tests. The doctor will also get information from your child’s school and daycare. Your child will get a physical examination to rule out anything that might be causing the behavior.
ADHD is Not an Imaginary Disorder
There are still people that believe ADHD is an imaginary condition used to explain an unruly child. If you have any doubts at all, you can talk with any elementary school teacher to hear the truth. If they have taught for more than a year, they have most likely worked with students who have ADHD. The teacher can tell you first hand the dramatic difference that is made when a child with ADHD begins getting the treatment they need.
Don’t rely on anyone other than a medical professional to determine whether your child has ADHD or not. Getting the help of a pediatrician can only lead to a better outcome and a happier outlook for your child!