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What is ADD/ADHD?

The inattentive variant of ADHD is now recognized as ADD, which is an older word for it. Since the mid-1990s, the term ADHD has been used to designate both inattentive and hyperactive kinds. Some people, however, continue to use the name ADD to imply that the disorder does not involve the symptom of hyperactivity. It is an ailment that impacts people’s behavior. ADHD patients may appear agitated, have difficulty concentrating, and act on impulse. 

ADHD symptoms are often noticed at a young age and may become more noticeable as a child’s situations change, such as when they begin school. Most cases are detected between the ages of 3 and 7, but it can also be detected later in childhood. ADHD is sometimes misdiagnosed in children and only discovered as an adult.

Although the specific cause of ADHD is uncertain, it has been demonstrated that the disorder runs in families. Researchers have discovered several probable changes in the brains of persons with ADHD compared to those who do not have the disorder. Other variables linked to ADHD include being born early (before the 37th week of pregnancy), having a low weight at birth, and smoking or abusing alcohol or drugs while pregnant.

What are the signs of ADD/ADHD?

To persons with ADHD, they are distracted easily, directions are difficult to follow, staying on task is difficult, forgetfulness, personal belongings, such as keys and books, are frequently misplaced, paying no attention to the points of an event, staying organized is difficult, attention span is in short supply. Children with ADHD who may not have hyperactivity may appear bored or uninterested in school activities. They may easily daydream or forget things, as well as working slowly and submitting unfinished work.

It’s possible that their assignments, desks, and lockers are a mess. They might misplace schoolwork or fail to turn in tasks because they lose items at school and at home. Teachers and parents may become irritated, and the youngster may receive low grades as a result.

When should I talk to a doctor about ADD/ADHD?

While you can’t tell for sure if your child has ADHD based on their behavior, it’s possible. Often, a teacher is the one who recognizes potential symptoms. Teachers, on the other hand, are unable to identify ADHD. Begin by speaking with your child’s pediatrician. Inquire about their experience diagnosing ADHD. 

Some pediatricians take further training to learn how to diagnose the illness and how to treat it medically. Some people pursue a fellowship focused on ADHD and learning impairments. If your pediatrician doesn’t have experience diagnosing ADHD, they can usually recommend you to a mental health practitioner who does.

How is ADD/ADHD treated?

ADHD can be treated with medication or therapy, but a combination of the two is usually the most effective. Although the disease may be monitored by a GP, treatment is usually provided by a professional pediatrician or psychiatrist.

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