Five Steps to Understand and Get Help for ADHD
Does this sound like your child? It is hard for him/her to sit still? Does he/she act without thinking? Does he/she start but not finish things?
If you answered "yes" to these questions, you my want to read the following information to learn more about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD is a real illness that starts in childhood. It can change the way children act, think, and feel.
Some children with ADHD squirm, fidget, or wiggle all the time without thinking. Others seem to be in another world, often staring into space or daydreaming. All of these behaviors may be signs of ADHD. This may sound like many children. But when such behaviors make it hard for a child to do well in school or make friends, ADHD may be the cause. Parents of these children know there is a problem, but they may not be sure what the problem is, or what to do about it.
Step One - Look for signs of ADHD
Step Two - Learn that ADHD is an illness that can be treated.
The doctor will also want to look for other possible causes of the behavior. Sometimes children who are dealing with divorce, death, or other problems act in ways that look like, but aren't, ADHD. For this reason, your doctor will ask about things that are happening at home. The doctor will also make sure that there are no other diseases or disabilities that might be causing your child's behavior.
Medicine and behavior therapy are the most common treatments for ADHD. Medicine for ADHD can help children pay attention, finish tasks, and think before they act. Behavior therapy involves meeting with the doctor to work on new skills and to make it easier to deal with the relationships, rules, limits, and choices. Both medicine and behavior therapy are safe and proven to work. These treatments used together give the best results.
Step Four - Talk to your child's teachers.
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