What is ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder of childhood. It is estimated to affect 3 to 5 percent of school-age children and affects two to three times as many boys as girls.
SYMPTOMS OF ADHD
- Inability to focus
- Makes careless mistakes
- Difficulty sustaining attention
- Easily distracted
- Does not seem to listen
- Often loses things
- Runs around or climbs excessively
- Often “on the go”
- Talks excessively
- Difficulty remaining seated
- Difficulty engaging in quiet activities
- Acts without thinking
- Blurts out answers before questions have been completed
- Difficulty waiting his/her
IS IT REALLY ADHD?
To assess whether a child has ADHD, specialists consider several critical questions:
- Do these behaviors occur more often than in other children the same age?
- Did the behaviors appear before age 7?
- Do the behaviors significantly interfere with functioning in at least two settings (e.g., classroom, at home, in social settings)?
- Are the behaviors a continuous problem and not just a response to a temporary situation?
- Are the behaviors better described as a symptom of a different problem, such as a learning disability or emotional distress?