|Posted by [email protected] on October 22, 2011 at 12:10 AM|
ADHD is genetic, neurobehavioral disorder that affects about 10% of the population. If a parent has ADHD, there is a 75% chance that one of their children will have the condition also. ADHD is a life-long condition, progressing into adulthood. Children with ADHD will have many of the following symptoms:
• Inattentive, daydreams
• Does not listen
• Easily distracted from work or play
• Is disorganized
• Frequently loses a lot of important things
• Does not follow through on instructions or finish tasks
• Is in constant motion, as if “driven by a motor”
• Cannot stay seated
• Frequently squirms and fidgets
• Excessive talking
• Frequently acts and speaks without thinking
• Cannot wait his/her turn
• Blurts out answers
• Interrupts others
Sometimes a teacher is the first to notice these symptoms or perhaps questions from the pediatrician raises the issue. At routine visits, pediatricians often ask questions such as
• How is your child doing in school?
• Are there any problems with learning that you or your child’s teachers have seen?
• Is your child happy with school?
• Is your child having problems completing class work or homework?
• Are you concerned with any behavior problems in school, at home, or when your child is playing with friends?
If your child has shown symptoms of ADHD on a regular basis for more than 6 months, discuss further evaluation for ADHD with your pediatrician.