Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be hard to identify in a young child. It can be hard to tell the difference between normal behavior and ADHD symptoms in young children.
But after a child starts
school, ADHD becomes more noticeable. ADHD is most often diagnosed in children ages 6 to 12. During this time, ADHD
can disrupt many aspects of a child's life. Learning,
adjusting to change, sleeping, and getting along with others are all potential
In some people, the signs of ADHD seem obvious -- fidgeting constantly, difficulty paying attention in school or at work, and leaving tasks unfinished. For others, particularly those without behavior problems, ADHD may be more difficult to diagnose.
The symptoms of ADHD may mimic those of other conditions, and sometimes the signs are subtler and harder to distinguish. One psychiatrist, Daniel Amen, MD, believes that to get a truly accurate diagnosis of ADHD, it is necessary to look inside the...
About 60 to 85 out of 100 children with ADHD still have symptoms during the teen years.3 These children may be less mature than their peers. They may lag behind in reaching
milestones typical for the age group.
Teens with ADHD may also have more problems when they are
driving cars. They get more speeding tickets and have serious car accidents
more often. They should be watched closely by a licensed adult when they are
learning to drive.
Adults with ADHD may have trouble focusing, organizing, and
finishing tasks. But they are often able to adjust to the workplace better
than they did in the classroom as children.
Raising a child who has ADHD can
be a challenge. Parents must consistently watch their child. They must respond to
problem behavior in the right way. If other issues are causing stress within a
family (such as divorce, violence, or drug or alcohol abuse), it may be even
harder to deal with a child who has ADHD.
Treatment can help
control symptoms. It can allow a child to grow and develop normally.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 21, 2014
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