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ADHD - 2,000,000 School-Age Children Affected!

Sep 17, 2008
INTRODUCTION: ADHD is a common behavioral condition that affects an estimated 8 to 10 percent of school-age children and is short for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is a medical condition that affects how well a person can sit still, focus, and pay attention and used to be called attention deficit disorder, or ADD.

ADHD can't be cured as of yet, but it can be successfully treated. This problem is not caused by poor parenting, too much sugar, or vaccinations, But has biological origins that are not as yet fully understood.

SYMPTOMS: Show up over the course of many months, and include Impulsiveness ( a child who acts quickly without thinking first) and also include excessive worry, fear, or panic, which can lead to physical signs such as a racing heart, sweating, stomach pains, and diarrhea.

Such symptoms often get better as children grow older and learn to adjust, But although some may "grow out of" their symptoms, more than half of all kids who have the disorder will continue to show signs of the condition as young adults. The good news is, with proper treatment, children can learn to successfully live with and manage their symptoms.

TEST: Because there's no examination that can prove the presence of ADHD, a diagnosis depends on a total and complete evaluation. Your child's MD may also perform a physical examination as well as tests to check hearing and vision so other medical conditions can be dismissed. A definitive diagnosis is difficult because there are no tests that routinely detect this condition.

Very few parents are surprised when the results of a physician administered Attention Deficit Disorder test come back with a positive diagnosis of their child having the Disorder. They already suspect a hyperactivity or attentional problem or they would not be in the doctor's office asking for an ADHD test in the first place. The biggest problem with such a test is that diagnosis is purely subjective and often depends on the tolerance of the observer.

TREATMENT: Effective treatments for ADHD are available, and include behavioral therapy and medications. Ultimately, the primary care doctor gathers the information, makes the diagnosis, and starts treatment. Some treatments are better than others at addressing specific combinations of symptoms. Any good treatment plan will require close follow-up and monitoring, and your child's doctor may make adjustments along the way. When determining the correct treatment for your child, the doctor might try various medications in various doses, especially if your child is being treated for ADHD along with another disorder. Your child's doctor may recommend additional treatments and interventions depending on your child's symptoms and needs.

A number of alternative treatments are promoted and tried by parents including: megavitamins, body treatments, diet changes, allergy treatment, chiropractic treatment, attention training, visual training, and traditional one-on-one "talking" psychotherapy, But scientific research has not found them to be useful, and most of these treatments have not been examined carefully, if at all.

Anti-depressants are occasionly a treatment option; However, in 2004 the FDA issued a warning that these drugs may lead to a rare increased chance of suicide in children and teens. Because it's important for parents to actively take part in their child's treatment plan, parent education is also deemed an important part of ADHD management. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, Speak to your MD.

CONCLUSION: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a real illness that begins in childhood, is more commonly found in boys than girls, and it affects 8-10 percent of school-age children in the US. It must be diagnosed by a MD who specializes in these types of conditions in cooperation with parents and teachers.

Teachers should develop shorten assignments or provide extended time for children with ADHD. Even though it can often be challenging to raise kids with this condition, it's necessary to remember they aren't "bad," "acting out," or "being difficult" on purpose. For more information about ADHD and Adult ADD, see your MD or other health care professional.
About the Author
Richard H. Ealom is a writer who has published more than 60 articles on Diseases...Their Causes And Cures. Learn of Natural Cures for ADHD that work by visiting the How To End The ADD/ADHD Nightmare! website. You may reprint this article as long as you leave this box unchanged.
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