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What Is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Oct 31, 2007
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic disorder which affects millions of children and can continue into adulthood. This disorder has problems associated with inattention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior which can affect every aspect of life and these children often struggle with low self esteem, poor performance at school or troubled personal relations.

Certain psycho stimulant drugs may be prescribed to treat these symptoms but though these drugs can relieve the symptoms they cannot cure the disorder and can in fact create side effects. The most crucial part of treatment lies in support from the family, community and school.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder have symptoms which can be broadly classifies as Inattention and Hyperactivity impulsive behavior. If a child shows problems in school and not at home or vice versa then they cannot be said to have signs of the disorder. In most of the children diagnosed with ADHD the signs and symptoms appear before the age of seven. The signs of Inattention can include making careless mistakes in school all the time, difficulties in sustaining attention, does not listen even when spoken to directly, has problems organizing tasks, avoids or dislikes tasks that require mental effort, frequently loses things, very forgetful, can be easily distracted and has difficulty completing tasks.

Hyperactivity-impulsiveness includes fidgety behavior, difficulty in playing quietly, restlessness, difficulty in waiting for his turn, often interrupting others conversations, talking excessively, always on the go and answering out of time. Most healthy children show these behavior patterns at some time or the other so there is no reason to worry as long they are doing well in school or otherwise. However when this behavior runs into adulthood it can be more problematic as the inability to control the senses, mood swings, hot temper, intense outbursts of anger, blurting out rude remarks, inability to deal with stress and having troubled relationships can reduce the self esteem of a person and create complexes in the person.

Conclusion

Many parents blame themselves for this problem but research show that structural changes in the brain and certain environmental factors contribute to the disorder. The problem can also be hereditary and due to maternal smoking or exposure to toxins. Most people with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder greatly benefit from counseling provided by psychiatrist, psychologist, social workers or other health care professionals. Some people might be facing other conditions like anxiety disorder or depression which can range from mild to severe and cannot be ignored.

Family therapy or involvement of parents and siblings can help the person to deal with the stress as well as by getting support from a network of social groups of families dealing with similar problems. Counseling can include all these things along with parental skill training in helping parents deal with their child's behavior and social training skills for the child. There are strong medications used for treating complicated disorders but these can have side effects like decreased appetite, weight loss, and nervousness, sleeping problems, jerky muscle movements or liver problems in some cases.
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Stephen C Campbell (Master NLP Practitioner) has published more information on Developing Memory and mastering your life at
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