As a mum, are you worried about your child? When your friends and family tell you that your child will outgrow their problems, does your heart tell you another message? Do you secretly suspect that you child may have ADHD? Are you confused? Here is a short and concise guide that will clarify your doubts.
Knowledge brings empowerment and acceptance. As your child’s mum you need to start to listen to your heart. What is it telling you? As your child’s mum, you are your child’s only advocate. You need to become an informed parent. You need to do your own research to find out what is at the root of your child’s problems.
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The road to diagnosing ADHD can be a long one. Since most children have a hard time sitting still for long periods of time and are generally energetic, parents must first determine that their child’s behavior is out of the norm. Unfortunately, there is no easy blood test or brain scan that can tell you definitively that your child has ADHD. The symptoms below are a few (but not all) of the common warning signs of ADHD in children:
- Excessive daydreaming, confusion during conversations, appearing to not be listening
- Boredom during activities, trouble following directions
- Hyperfocusing, the ability to focus on interesting tasks for unusually long periods of time
- Hypofocusing, having problems focusing, and jumping from task to task (the same child can exhibit both hyperfocusing and hypofocusing)
- Disorganised with belongings and papers
- Disorganised with time
- Trouble shifting from one task to the other, struggling to finish tasks
- Impatience, difficulties waiting for a turn
- Overreacting, getting angry/emotional/overwhelmed easily
- Excessive talking
- Restlessness, inability to sit still
- Constant fidgeting, touching and playing with things
Around 50% of children with ADHD will outgrow their ADHD. The condition will just change manifestation as they mature. The ADHD deficits will turn into manageable traits. For around 50% of children with ADHD, they will suffer for life with their ADHD, and will probably need ADHD medication well into their adult lives.
ADHD doesn’t mean your child has to be hyperactive; in fact, ADHD is overlooked in many children who are just “spaced out” or inattentive. They can suffer for years without a diagnosis, labelled “unintelligent” or “lazy”, when in truth they have what’s called Predominantly Inattentive ADHD, or ADD.
If your child is easily distracted and inattentive but not hyperactive or impulsive, don’t rule out ADHD; speak to your GP about the possibility of inattentive ADHD.
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