ADD and ADHD

Attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) is a common condition that affects children and adults of all ages. According to a study by the National Institute of Mental Health, 3% to 5% of children have ADHD. Children with ADD or ADHD have trouble focusing on one subject for very long.

What are the symptoms of ADD and ADHD?

The primary problem for someone with ADD is that they cannot sustain attention or concentrate because of low energy, environmental factors or wandering thoughts among other causes.

Symptoms of ADHD include motor issues, such as a tendency to move constantly and impulsively. They often race from task to task. They easily miss or misplace things because they move so quickly.

ADD and ADHD children have problems following directions and are easily bored or frustrated with tasks. They often struggle at school. These behaviors can be common with all children, but with ADD and ADHD children these tendencies interfere with a child’s life at school and at home.

How is it diagnosed?

To be diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, your child must display a combination of strong hallmark symptoms, namely hyperactivity, impulsivity or inattention. The doctor will also consider how severe the symptoms are, how persistent the symptoms are and how long the child has been experiencing the symptoms.

How is ADD/ADHD treated?

There are a number of treatment options for ADD/ADHD. These range from using a nutritious diet, exercise, learned skills and medications that can help a child improve their ability to pay attention and curb hyperactive behavior. Our doctors work with the patient and parents to find the right treatment path for the child.

Links:

Attention Deficit Disorder Association – www.add.org