It is perfectly normal for children to experience sporadic bouts of energy, be occasionally forgetful with their homework or get a little over excited while visiting the toy store. However, when erratic or inattentive behaviors are occurring frequently, they can be signs of ADHD in children (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
Signs of ADHD in Children
ADHD, otherwise known as ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), is a condition that makes it difficult for people to control or restrain their reactions. The disorder can also severely lower concentration levels and cause impulsive and, sometimes, inappropriate behavior.
Although there are many common characteristics of ADHD and ADD, not everyone with the disorder will show every behavior. While some children may appear hyperactive and incontrollable, others may seem like they are ‘off with the fairies’, unable to concentrate or follow conversations.
People who present with ADHD may:
- Be easily distracted or have trouble staying focused
- Experience sudden releases of energy
- Talk incessantly
- Appear not to listen or pay attention
- Have difficulty following instructions
- Make frequent and careless mistakes
These characterized behaviors of ADHD are often labeled as ‘naughty’, ‘lazy’ or ‘ill disciplined’ by onlookers. However it is important to remember that they are symptoms of the disorder and not a reflection of the child’s upbringing, education or moralities.
What to do if you suspect your child has ADHD
It can be very daunting for a parent if they believe their child may have a behavioral disorder. You may feel anxious about how others might react, worry about how they will perform in school or feel uncertain about their future. While all these concerns are perfectly reasonable and expected, always remember that there is help out there to support you and your child.
The quicker you get your child the right diagnosis and seek the help they need, the easier the disorder is to manage. Just because a child presents with hyperactive behaviors or has inattentive characteristics, it doesn’t necessarily mean they have ADHD. It is essential that a qualified doctor performs a thorough assessment of your child for a proper ADHD diagnosis to be made and an appropriate treatment plan to be put in place.
Generally, people with ADHD present signs in their early childhood and most people are diagnosed by the time they are in their teens. Here at the Children’s Health Center, we offer comprehensive, affordable, specialized healthcare and treatments to individuals from birth to 21 years of age.
Our team of doctors and health care providers not only diagnose ADHD and ADD, but also help to treat and maintain treatment for your child’s disorder. Once your child begins treatment with us, we require patients to come in for check-ups every three months to confirm that the treatment is working and helping the child progress in school and at home.
If you have questions or concerns about your loved one, or you would like to learn more about the symptoms, assessment and treatments options for ADHD in children, please reach out to our health care professionals today on 830-693-3988 for more information.
We offer ADHD solutions for the Texas Hill Country including the following areas and surrounds:
- Highland Lakes
- Burnet County
- Llano County
- Blanco County
- Mason County
- Lampasas County
- San Saba County
- Marble Falls
- Johnson City
- Horseshoe Bay