Many adults and children suffer with an inability to concentrate, are very unorganized, and cant seem to focus on just one project at any given time. Some would say children are just bad, undisciplined and wanting attention. Adults seem to never finish what they start. With an array of varying symptoms Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder is the name given to this widely misunderstood disorder that affects many people.
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is the most common mental health problem in children. This disorder affects 2 to 5 percent of all children. About one-third of these children have learning problems such as Dysgraphia; difficulty writing legibly and Dyslexia; difficulty reading. About one-half have behavior problems, which may include breaking rules, talking back or talking out of turn, and fighting. ADHD occurs in 7 times more boys than in girls. Studies show that ADHD stems from biological causes. Factors which may include:.
Substance abuse during pregnancy.
Smoking during pregnancy.
Various illnesses during pregnancy.
Long and difficult labor.
Being short of oxygen during birth.
The umbilical cord being wrapped around the baby's neck.
People with ADHD may have differences in the front part of the brain and in some part of the center of the brain.
Symptoms of ADHD usually appear by the age of 2 of 3 and by at least the first grade. The main symptoms include being easily distracted, having poor impulse control, and being hyperactive. Others include trouble with organization of tasks and projects, difficulty slowing down at night to get sleep. They may have social problems from being aggressive, loud, or impatient. Patients with ADHD will usually exhibit one or more of these symptoms at any given time.
ADHD is diagnosed by you or your child's physician and can be diagnosed by a psychiatrist or psychologist. Your health care provider will inquire about symptoms and observe behavior for signs of ADHD.