What is ADHD?
ADHD is a behavioral disorder that commonly affects kids and teens. It may also affect adults. An individual who has ADHD, will find it more difficult to concentrate on tasks, not think before taking any action and have less control over what he/she is saying or doing.
What are the types of ADHD?
- Inattentive type
- Hyperactivity-impulsive type
- Combination type
What are the symptoms of ADHD?
- Restless, hyper and distracted
- Talking continuously
- Short attention span
ADHD is normally diagnosed between the age of three to seven. In some cases, it can also develop in later years. It is most commonly diagnosed in boys than girls.
It is very important to note that having all the symptoms of ADHD mentioned above may not confirm that the person has ADHD. Only when these behaviors start affecting his daily life activities and are more obvious when compared to other children of the same age, then there is a higher chance the child may have ADHD and a doctor should be consulted.
Your doctor may confirm a diagnosis by conducting an assessment as follows:
- Physical examination to identify cause of symptoms
- Interviews with the child and family of the child
There is no proper cure for ADHD, however, therapy such as skill-based therapy works best coupled with medications if your doctor prescribes any.