Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD) is a common childhood behavioural disorder affecting the child ability to focus, organize and complete a task. They often act impulsively without thinking and are easily distracted. Though this type of behaviour is common among children what differentiates ADHD from normal children by persistence of symptoms and affects the child’s academic and social life. The primary symptoms of ADHD are inattention (lack of focus), hyper activeness (restlessness) and impulsiveness. The degree of symptoms varies child to child but depending on the dominating indications ADHD is classified as Predominately Inattentive, Predominately hyperactive, or Combined.
The primary symptoms of ADHD are
Inattention: Here, mainly children lacks focus in completing tasks and appear day dreaming. The children may be:
Hyperactivity- or restlessness. Here
Impulsiveness- Here the child
The exact cause for ADHD is not known though there are many theories. The risk factors are
There are no single diagnostic tests for ADHD. It is based on analysis and assessment of a child’s behaviour pattern, cognitive skills and development by trained doctors or psychologists depending on persistence of symptoms, age of the child and symptom severity.
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