Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - What Happens
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 between ages 6 and 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
If you have adult ADHD, medications can bring about huge improvements in your life, restoring your focus and giving you back a feeling of control. But for some people, these drugs come with a price – side effects.
Most of the time, ADHD medication side effects are mild -- like upset stomach or insomnia -- and fade after a few weeks or months of treatment. Other times, side effects can be more problematic. The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do – on your own and with your doctor...
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.