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
For adults with ADHD, the standard treatment is medication. But experts say that ADHD therapy -- and other psychosocial treatments -- can play a key role alongside drugs.
“I think for many adults with ADHD, therapy is essential,” says David W. Goodman MD, assistant professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
While ADHD medicines are effective, they may not be enough. To use a phrase popular among ADHD specialists, pills don’t build skills. Even with medication, a...
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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January 21, 2014
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