Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
What is attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD?
Who can get ADHD?
Causes of ADHD
No one knows for sure. ADHD probably comes from a combination of things. Some possibilities are:
- Genes, because the disorder sometimes runs in families
- Lead in old paint in and plumbing parts
- Smoking and drinking alcohol during pregnancy
- Certain brain injuries
- Food additives like artificial colouring, which might make hyperactivity worse.
Symptoms of ADHD
- Get distracted easily and forget things often
- Switch too quickly from one activity to the next
- Have trouble with directions
- Daydream too much
- Have trouble finishing tasks like homework or chores
- Lose toys, books, and school supplies often
- Fidget and squirm a lot
- Talk non-stop and interrupt people
- Run around a lot
- Touch and play with everything they see
- Be very impatient
- Blurt out inappropriate comments
- Have trouble controlling their emotions.
How do I know if my child has ADHD?
How do children with ADHD get better?
- Medication. Sometimes allopathic medications cause side effects, such as sleep problems or stomach-aches. It's important that you and your doctor watch your child closely while he or she is taking medicine.
- Therapy. There are different kinds of therapy. Behavioural therapy can help teach children to control their behaviour so they can do better at school and at home.
- Medication and therapy combined. Many children do well with both medication and therapy.