ADHD in children - Overview


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurological condition that affects children and often continues into adulthood. It is now one of the most common and studied health conditions of childhood. It has several different causes and can even be transmitted genetically. This disorder’s condition varies from person to person but is mostly characterized by these three factors - Inattention, Impulsivity and Hyperactivity.

Inattention – where children have difficulties focusing, are disorganized and easily distracted.

Impulsivity – where children act in a way that is extremely rash, prematurely expressed, or inappropriate to the situation that often results in undesirable consequences. They give little or no forethought while taking any important decisions.

Hyperactive - where children are restless, fidgets & talks excessively and often do things like getting up from seat, running and singing where it’s inappropriate.

If you see, the above three characteristics are not appropriate for a child’s age. It is not always that any child who is inattentive or impulsive will have ADHD. Some children may have these characteristics which is often completely normal. Only when the symptoms are present for a longer period of time, you’ve to get help from a health care provider.

Did you know? Latest research says that one in twelve children has ADHD.

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