ADD stands for Attention Deficit Disorder. Individuals experiencing this may have ADD symptoms such as difficulty in concentrating and may not be able to maintain a normal level of activity. Children with ADD may have extremely short attention spans, may be impulsive, or hyperactive. Studies show that this disorder affects less than 10% of the population
This disorder is more common in boys than girls and it often develops in children before they turn 7 and they are diagnosed a few years after. Typically, when children are diagnosed at a younger age, they will likely show more definite symptoms versus those who are diagnosed at a later age.
ADD symptoms can include:
1) Difficulty focusing while doing work, homework, or even playing (in children)
2) Trouble attending to details, whether they be spoken or written
3) Cannot finish chores, homework, or work
4) Often making careless mistakes while doing tasks
5) Appears to not be listening when one is speaking to him or her
6) Difficulty carrying out instructions
7) Tendency to lose things
Those with ADD will find it tough to focus on things for longer than a few moments. They are quickly bored and they often jump from task to task without completing much. They may pay attention with ease if it is a task they enjoy, but have trouble completing jobs. Those with ADD symptoms might not be impulsive or be hyperactive, but display complications learning new things and staying focused on activities.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a specific test that one can use to diagnose ADD. To diagnose a child with ADD, they must have had to experience symptoms before the age of 7 and the symptoms have lasted for more than six months in more than one environment (example: home and school). The symptoms must affect the child negatively in a way that can affect their social, family, and or school life. Typically, doctors will observe the behaviours of the child and rule out other causes for them. Your doctor may psychologically and physically examine your child as well as interview him or her. It may be necessary to get the opinion of a psychiatrist or pediatrician.
If left undiagnosed or untreated, the ADD symptoms can affect the way your child makes friends or performs in school. It can lead to stress for the child and a lower self-esteem. Fortunately, there are many medical and non-medical treatments out there that can help with these symptoms.
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