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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

How to Recognize ADHD in Your Child -- And Why It is Very Important to Seek Help

What is ADHD?

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It affects from 3-5 percent of American children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 7 percent of African American children have ADHD. In reality, this number is suspected to be much higher. The National Medical Association reports that only about 36 percent of African American parents are familiar with ADHD, so the actual number of African American children with ADHD could be much higher.

Symptoms

ADHD symptoms often include hyperactivity and trouble focusing. As a result, children with ADHD often experience difficulty in school. They are easily distracted and may find it difficult to sit quietly or follow instructions. They will find it hard to complete tasks. As they grow older, they will also experience problems holding down jobs and maintaining relationships with others.

Why it is important to seek help

Children with with ADHD are at greater risk to develop alcohol or substance abuse as they grow older. They are more likely to have depression and anxiety disorders.

Causes

The cause of ADHD is not known. It is a neurobiological condition, which means it has to do with the cells of the nervous system and how the organization of these cells function to process information and affect behavior. Heredity is the biggest factor for children with ADHD. Other risk factors may include exposure to alcohol and tobacco during pregnancy, premature delivery, significantly low birth weight, excessively high levels of lead in the body, and brain injury after birth.

Treatment

Treatment usually involves medication and behavioral modifications. It is not easy to diagnose because there is no one test for ADHD. And children with ADHD can also have other types of behavior disorders along with ADHD. There is no cure, but early diagnosis and treatment will help children with ADHD live a better life during childhood and into their adult life.
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