What is ADHD?
ADHD is short for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. About 10-40 percent of children with ADHD will carry it into adulthood.
Impulsiveness, inattention, and hyperactivity are what make up ADHD. Knowing the difference between these symptoms will help you determine which they may have.
If your child has problems interrupting during a conversation, is disorganized or does not think about the consequences of their actions, then he or she could have impulsiveness.
If your child has difficulty listening and paying attention or is easily distracted and doesn’t complete their work, he or she could have inattention.
If your child has the inability to sit still, fidgets and squirms, is restless and has restless sleep or climbs on things, he or she could have hyperactivity.
– Causes of ADHD –
The biggest influence doctors believe to be the cause of ADHD is pregnancy. Any chemical the mother gets near during pregnancy could cause damage to the unborn baby’s brain. Drinking and smoking while pregnant can cause things to go wrong in the unborn’s brain that the mother could have avoided.
Genetics is also to blame for 75 percent of the cause of ADHD as well as the environment. While in some places the air is clean, other places the air is polluted and holds toxins, which could cause brain damage.
– ADHD and Other Disorders –
ADHD is found to be associated with other disorders that deal with behavior problems and inability to have control over the mind. These disorders would be; Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct order, Primary Disorder of Vigilance, Bipolar Disorder, and Anxiety disorders.
* Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is an ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile, and defiant behavior toward authority figures.
* Conduct Disorder is behavioral problems such as physical aggression, destructiveness, truancy, lying, vandalism, stealing, and cruelty to that of humans and animals.
* Primary Disorder of Vigilance is the same as ADHD but with the person appearing to be hyperactive to stay alert. Over time the symptoms become worse.
* Bipolar Disorder is where the person has episodes of abnormally elevated moods. This is clinically referred to as mania, or if it is milder, then it’s called hypomania.
* Anxiety Disorder is a persistent or irrational fear that could be accompanied by headaches, sweating, hypertension, and/or palpitations.
Many popular treatments for ADHD are medications and behavior therapy. Studies don’t show whether it is safe to take the medication for more than a couple years. If you or a person you know has been taking the pills longer than a couple years, talk to your doctor for advice.
Pre-schoolers should never take medication; however talk to their doctor for other helpful ideas.
If you choose not to or are against taking medicine, there are natural ADHD treatments available such as life style changes, counseling, and/or behavior modifications.