While it’s normal for kids to forget their homework, daydream during class, or act without thinking, inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity are also signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. ADHD makes it difficult for a person to inhibit their spontaneous responses, including everything from movement to speech to assertiveness.
Some children with ADHD may be constantly in motion, bouncing off the walls and disrupting others around them. Other children with ADHD may sit quietly, with their attention miles away.
There are three primary characteristics of ADHD: Inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, though all three aren’t always prominent in one child.
Children with ADHD may:
- Have trouble staying focused or get easily distracted
- Appear not to be listening when spoken to
- Constantly fidget and squirm
- Talk excessively
- Act without thinking
- Interrupt often, or say the wrong thing at the wrong time
- Have a quick temper or “short fuse”
Whether or not your child’s symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are due to ADHD, they can cause problems if left untreated. Children who can’t focus or control themselves or get into trouble at school often find it hard to make friends. These frustrations can later lead to low self-esteem as well as friction for the whole family.
Treatment can make a dramatic difference in your child’s symptoms. With the right support, your child can get on track for success in all areas of life.
Adults with ADHD
How many coffee cups do you have on your desk right now? If you have ADHD, staying organized, avoiding clutter and performance at work or at home may be negatively affected. Adults with ADHD may find it difficult to focus or prioritize, or may get hyper focused and lose track of time. This leads to missed deadlines, forgotten appointments or social plans. ADHD also leads to an inability to control impulses which can range from impatience waiting in line or mood swings and irritability.
If you’re interested in learning more about ADD and ADHD therapy, contact us today for a free consultation. We would be happy to share how we can help your child achieve success and grow.