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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) refers to a group of behavioral symptoms including hyperactivity, inattentiveness, and impulsiveness. The main signs of inattentiveness found among patients with ADHD may include the following: short attention span, forgetful (losing things), unable to concentrate on a particular task, unable to listen, inability to carry out instructions, and difficulty in organizing task. When it comes to the signs of hyperactivity and impulsiveness, the main signs and symptoms may include little or no sense of danger, interrupting conversations, inability to sit still, constantly fidgeting, excessive physical movement, unable to wait for his turn, and excessive talking. A child with ADHD may face problems with discipline, poor school performance, and poor social interaction.

ADHD may also be related to other conditions such as dyslexia and other learning difficulties, anxiety disorder, depression, epilepsy, autistic spectrum disorder, Tourette’s syndrome and conduct disorder. For adults, the signs and symptoms of ADHD include inability to deal with stress, extreme impatience, inability to focus, poor organizational skills, carelessness, lack of attention to details, continually losing things, mood swings, irritability, restlessness, and forgetfulness. The treatment for ADHD helps relieve the signs and symptoms so that patients can live a more normal life. The treatment of ADHD include medication and therapy under the supervision of a pediatrician or psychiatrist. The medications commonly used in treating ADHD include Dexamfetamine, Methylphenidate, Lisdexamfetamine, Atomoxetine, and Guanfacine. These medications do not provide a cure for ADHD but rather reduce signs and symptoms so a patient feels better, calmer, enable to learn new skills, and feels less impulsive.

For caregivers, taking care of a child with ADHD is challenging and draining. The normal everyday activities of caring a patient with ADHD involve dealing with impulsive, chaotic, and fearless behaviors. It is important to plan the day so the child knows what to expect because setting routines can make a huge difference on how a child with ADHD copes with everyday life. Reinforcing positive behavior and ensuring that everyone knows what behavior is expected is also a good way to help your child with ADHD cope with everyday stress and behavioral problems. Give specific praise to be positive on the child’s mind like saying “Thank you for washing the dishes properly!”. Bedtime can be less stressful by sleeping same time every night and waking up sometime in the morning. Do not allow your child to watch TV or play computer games hours before bedtime. ADHD may lead to sleep problems and can make other symptoms worse wherein many children with ADHD experience interrupted sleeping patterns. You can always check related articles about ADHD and other learning difficulties by visiting us on our webpage or website today!

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