More and more, we are hearing of children having difficulty performing tasks that involve extended periods of concentration. These children may be frenetic, frantic, spacey or just plain disorganized. However, just because a child exemplifies these qualities is not to say that he or she has ADHD.
In fact, ADHD symptoms largely overlap with those attached to other learning disorders. If you notice that your child exemplifies certain ADHD characteristics, do not jump to the conclusion that he or she necessarily has the condition. First, become apprised of the many factors that contribute to an ADHD diagnosis. While the jury is still out on the causes of this learning disorder, there are certain theories that medical professionals point to time and again. The following are just a few:
- Heredity. If ADHD or another attention disorder runs in your family, your chances of developing this disorder are significantly higher.
- Exposure to lead. Lead can enter our system through the water that we drink as well as from the fixtures through which this water runs. But while a correlation has been established between lead exposure and ADHD, exposure to lead is steadily on the decline. It no longer poses as significant a threat as it once did.
- Environmental Factors. Among these environmental factors are: lack of structure, over-stimulation by electronics, and stress.
The aforementioned causes of ADHD are situated firmly within the realm of medical theory. Although we have reason enough to believe that these factors contribute to the onset of ADHD, nothing is determinate. Moreover, the same fluctuations and variances are attached to the symptoms associated with ADHD.
On this note, the most commonly noted symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are:
- Difficulty paying attention to and / or following instruction.
- The need to verbalize quickly and compulsively
- The need to be extremely physically active and stimulated at all times
- Disorder / Disorganization
- Difficulty focusing on a single activity or task for any real length of time
- Misplacing personal belongings
Our understanding of ADHD is continually being added to and expanded. For this reason, it is important to be diligent in having your suspicions about ADHD either confirmed or denied by a medical professional. While many children exhibit aspects of this disorder, exhibiting them to a high degree or being prone to multiple symptoms may suggest that he or she has ADHD. Consult a medical professional and voice your concerns.
Medicating your child is only one method of treatment and if prescribing your child medicine is something you are concerned about, you’re your physician. Because ADHD has become so prevalent, there are a host of treatment options that will benefit your child and that will also put you at ease.