In today’s culture, it is common to overuse and over-diagnose someone with ADHD. Many parents wonder what “ADHD” truly is and how can they help their child who struggles with it.
According to the Child Mind Institute, ADHD is defined as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. This diagnosis makes it difficult for a child to pay attention, concentrate, follow directions, and control his or her behavior. Children with ADHD struggle more than the average child to follow directives and stay on task. This can create conflict and/or hardship at school, in the home, and with peers.
What are the Symptoms of ADHD?
There are two core defining agents of ADHD: inattentive behaviors and hyperactive and impulsive behaviors. A child can have one or the other, or a combination of both.
Inattentive type includes the following:
Hyperactive or impulsive type includes the following:
Not all children with these symptoms are diagnosed with ADHD. It is normal for children to show some signs of ADHD from time to time. They may be reacting to stress, hard life transitions, or just bored. If your child has shown multiple symptoms for over 6 months in more than one setting, such as at school and in the home, it may be helpful to talk with a professional.