Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Symptoms and Treatments


Known to parents who are already used to dealing with it, childhood ADD (attention deficit disorder) and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) exhibit themselves in different levels and varies from child to child. In years, medical practitioners have had great difficulties in providing the exact cause of attention deficit disorder. And even if many health specialists are now attesting that neurological issues cause ADD and ADHD among children, only one thing is for sure – they are disorders that are represented by major symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsiveness, and inattention.

There is a lot of symptoms of ADD and ADHD among children. Some are as follows:

1.    Overlook day-to-day activities

2.    Sudden distraction caused by irrelevant sounds and sights

3.    Excessive attention to a particularly-favored activity

4.    Clumsy mistakes in finishing schoolwork assignments

5.    Negligence towards personal things resulting to pencils, notebooks, and backpacks being lost.

6.    Reluctance in following instructions given by parents and teachers

7.    Difficulty in completing daily chores

ADD among girls normally causes have a tendency to daydream and usually only have problems paying attention in class, ADD-affected boys are more likely to be hyperactive. It is possible for one to acquire mild ADD that can be easily-handled. Some people have severe symptoms and problems that can impair their functioning greatly. Even severe ADD can, with effort, medication, and support, be managed effectively.

People with moderate to severe problems related to ADD should consider undergoing treatment with a professional experienced in ADD medication. Though medications can be of great help, counseling is often considered effective in dealing not only with the symptoms but also to school performance, attitude, and self-esteem.

One way for parents to help to their ADD-affected children is to undergo parent counseling. Learning how to effectively manage ADD-related problems is significant in helping a child cope with the mental disorder.