ADHD - More Than 2 Million Children Affected
ADHD - More Than 2 Million Children Affected!
by Richard H Ealom
INTRODUCTION: ADHD is a common behavioral disorder that affects an estimated 8% to 10% of school-age children and stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is a medical condition that affects how well someone can sit still, focus, and pay attention and used to be known as attention deficit disorder, or ADD.
ADHD can't be cured as of yet, but it can be successfully treated. This problem is not caused by poor parenting, too much sugar, or vaccinations, But has biological origins that are not as yet fully understood.
SYMPTOMS: Appear over a period of many months, and include Impulsiveness ( a child who acts quickly without thinking first) and also include excessive worrying, fear, or panic, which can lead to physical symptoms such as a speeding heart, sweating, stomach pains, and diarrhea.
Such symptoms frequently get better as children become older and learn to adjust, But although some may "grow out of" their symptoms, more than 1/2 of all kids who have the disorder will continue to show signs of the problem as young adults. The good news is, with proper treatment, children can learn to successfully live with and control their symptoms.
TEST: Because there's no test that can determine the presence of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, a diagnosis depends on a total and complete evaluation. Your child's physician may also perform a physical exam as well as tests to check hearing and vision so other medical problems can be ruled out. A definite diagnosis is hard because there are no tests that consistently detect this disorder.
Very few parents are surprised when the results of a doctor administered Attention Deficit Disorder test return with a positive diagnosis of their child having the Disorder. They already suspect a hyperactivity or attentional problem or they would not be in the physician's office asking for an ADHD test in the first place. The greatest problem with such a test is that diagnosis is purely subjective and frequently depends on the tolerance of the observer.
TREATMENT: Effective treatments for ADHD are available, and include behavioral therapy and drugs. Ultimately, the primary care physician gathers the information, makes the diagnosis, and starts treatment. Some treatments work better than others at addressing specific combinations of symptoms. Any good treatment plan will require close follow-up and monitoring, and your child's physician may make adjustments along the way. When devising the correct treatment for your child, the physician might try various medications in various amounts, especially if your child is being treated for ADHD along with another disorder. Your child's physician may recommend additional treatments and interventions depending on your child's symptoms and needs.
A number of alternative therapies are promoted and used by parents including: megavitamins, body treatments, diet manipulation, allergy treatment, chiropractic treatment, attention and visual training, and traditional one-on-one "talking" psychotherapy, But scientific research has not found them to be effective, and the majority of these treatments have not been studied carefully, if at all.
Anti-depressants are sometimes a treatment option; However, in 2004 the FDA issued a warning that these drugs may lead to a rare increased risk of suicide in children and teens. Because it's important for parents to actively participate in their child's treatment plan, parent education is also considered an important part of ADHD management. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
CONCLUSION: ADHD is a real condition that starts in childhood, is more often found in boys than girls, and it affects 8%-10% of school-age children in the USA. It must be diagnosed by a doctor who specializes in these kinds of disorders in cooperation with parents and teachers.
Teachers should develop abbreviated assignments or provide longer time for children with ADHD. Although it can often be challenging to raise kids with this problem, it's important to remember they aren't "bad," "acting out," or "being difficult" on purpose. For additional information about ADHD and Adult ADD, visit your physician or other health care professional.
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