What is ADHD? The National Institute of Mental Health defines Attention Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD) as ” a term used to describe a group of behaviors that most often appear in young, school-aged children.”
How is ADHD diagnosed? There is no one test that can diagnose ADHD. A trained mental health professional, or physician can assist in ruling out the symptoms and diagnosing your child with ADHD. This is typically done in the early years between ages 3 and 6, but can happen much later even into adulthood.
What are the symptoms of ADHD? Impulsive behaviors,day dreaming, difficulty staying focused on tasks in comparison to peers, and frequently struggling to stay organized with school work and at home. While everyone has moments of being distracted, it is when this becomes a pattern that is interfering with the child’s day-to-day functioning that these symptoms should be looked at more closely.
How do you treat ADHD? There are several medications that can assist in reducing the symptoms of ADHD. When using medications patients should be closely monitored by treatment professionals. There is not one treatment that works for everyone. There are also non medication related changes that can be made to help alleviate symptoms. It takes time and energy on the part of the entire family to determine what works best for the patient.
Additional resources: Additional information about ADHD can be found on the National Institute for Mental Health website http://www.nimh.nih.gov/topics/topic-page-adhd.shtml. Whether you’re looking for a therapist or a treatment program or would like more information about therapeutic and educational consulting, Prepare To Bloom, LLC can help. Please give us a call at 650-888-4575 or visit PrepareToBloom.com for more information.