This symptom is the most difficult to
identify in childhood. The primarily inattentive ADHD subtype may not be
recognized at all until a child grows into a teen. Although symptoms of
inattentiveness begin during childhood, a child may be able to function fairly
normally. Also, family members and other caregivers may be able to help
the child to compensate, without realizing the problem might be ADHD. As
adolescence approaches, inattentiveness may become pronounced with the new
demands from increasing academic workloads and other responsibilities. Problems usually develop that prompt an evaluation for ADHD
during major transition points, such as when starting middle school, high
school, or even college.
Bonding between animals and humans has been noted for a long time. Stories abound in literature of the ways that people and their pets have fostered and created valuable relationships. More recently, research has shown a strong impact from the pet relationship in health-related settings. Positive changes have been seen in people developing resilience, self-reliance, and in making progress in treatment. Children who have difficulty relating to other children and adults have been observed to behave...