1. ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder in children.

2. Children with ADD or ADHD may present some or all of the following tendencies:

  • Difficulty paying attention during school
  • Difficulty completing tasks
  • Impulsiveness
  • Trouble listening
  • Problems following instructions
  • Easily distracted
  • Fidgety
  • Runs around during inappropriate times
  • Blurts out answers before on can ask a question
  • Difficulty waiting for their turn
  • Interrupts others
  • Difficulty with time management and organization skills
  • Hyperactivity

3. ADHD is a lifelong neurobiological condition. It has a biological basis as well as a strong genetic component. In other words, it tends to run in families. Research shows that it’s a result of an imbalance of chemical messengers within the brain. ADHD has been recognized as a legitimate diagnosis.

4. Children do not outgrow ADHD. It’s been estimated that 6 percent of the adult population has ADHD, most of them do not know they have it and have not been diagnosed. Adults with ADHD often have difficulty getting organized, remembering appointments and many have a history of failure at school, career difficulties, legal and financial problems, and troubled personal relationships.

5. ADHD affects both boys and girls . ADHD symptoms in girls are different that the symptoms in boys and for this reason it may be harder to recognize and diagnose in girls. 

6. ADHD is not a result of bad parenting. Children with ADHD cannot control their impulses. A child may blurt things before even realizing it. He might constantly get out of his seat or have difficulty being quiet. The problem is not the result of bad discipline but is rooted in brain chemistry.

7. Children who take ADHD medication are less likely to abuse drugs when they become teenagers. Having untreated ADHD increases of drug and alcohol abuse. Appropriate treatment reduces this risk. Deciding to give a child with ADHD medication is a difficult decision and other options should also be considered, but ADHD must be treated as any other disease. Just because you can’t see it or it doesn’t come out in a test doesn’t mean it’s not there. The medications used to treat ADHD have been proven safe and effective in treating the symptoms. The drugs do not turn kids into addicts or “zombies” although they do have side effects like any other medication.

8. Children with ADHD usually have above-average intelligence. Sadly, many people still believe that children with ADHD are lazy and will never amount to anything. Research has shown that people with ADHD usually have higher than average intelligence.  Successful people with ADHD include: Mozart, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Henry Ford, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Bill Gates and Michael Phelps.

9. Not all children with ADHD are hyperactive. There are several different types of ADHD: the predominately hyperactive-impulsive type, the predominately inattentive type, and the combined type. The predominately inattentive type does not include symptoms of hyperactivity. Because of this, it is often referred to as ADD. Girls usually present the inattentive type of ADHD. This can often go unnoticed, as they may just seem shy or introverted.

10. Children with ADHD can focus intently on things that interest them.  It is a common misconception that a child with ADHD cannot pay attention at all, but the truth is that a child with ADHD has difficulty regulating attention.  Children with ADHD can focus intently, which is sometimes referred to as hyperfocusing, when they are doing something that really interest then and engages them.

 

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