Understanding ADD/ADHD: The Symptoms and Treatment

First things first;ADD stands for attention deficit disorder. It is also referred to as ADHD,which is an acronym for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a chronic disorder that affects thousands of children every year. Sadly, if left untreated, ADHD can progress until the child becomes an adult. Some of the major symptoms for ADD/ADHD include hyperactivity, impulsive behavior and difficulty sustaining attention.

And because of this, thousands of children who suffer from ADD/ADHD also struggle with self-esteem issues, have problemsmaintainingrelationships with other people and end up performing poorly in school and at work. Although the symptoms may subside as the child grows up, some patients never grow out of the nightmare. Luckily, there are some strategies that people with ADD/ADHD can use to alleviate their symptoms. But first, you have to learn of the symptoms.
 
The Symptoms

The primary red flags of attentiondeficit hyperactivity disorder or attention deficit disorder include lack of attentiveness, and hyperactive and unwary behavior. And because ADD/ADHD is common in children, it is important that you monitor your children’s behavior. If you notice some impulsive behavior that doesn’t seem to go away, then you should consider seeking a professional opinion. Mind you, ADD/ADHD can be noticed in a child as early as three years of age.
 
Types of ADD/ADHD

There are three types of ADD/ADHD:
  • Predominantly inattentive ADD/ADHD–In this kind of ADD/ADHD, most of the symptoms fall under inattention. To detect whetheryour child or you are suffering from ADD/ADHD, here are some red flags that you can look for when it comes to inattentiveness:trouble organizing and performing tasks, making careless mistakes in their school work, difficulty following instructions, easily distracted, and trouble staying focused in school or at the work place (for adults).
 
  • Predominantly hyperactiveimpulsiveADD/ADHD–As for this kind of ADD/ADHD, the majority of the symptoms are hyperactive and impulsive. A child (or adult) who suffers from ADD/ADHDmay often fidget in their seats, will always be on the go even when they are seated, may have trouble staying calm, may be too touchy and will in more than one occasion interrupt other people’s conversations.
  • Combined inattentive and hyperactiveimpulsive ADD/ADHD –This is the most common kind of ADD/ADHD that has been recorded not just locally but also globally.Children with this condition and adults who never recover from ADD/ADHDwill show both the inattentive symptoms and the hyperactive-impulsive symptoms.
Treatment

Treatment ofADD/ADHD may vary from medication to therapy. Your healthcare provider or medical expert will recommend some medication to alleviate the symptoms or recommend a therapeutic approach to help reducethe symptoms.
  • Medication – The doctors might suggest some cognition-enhancing medication, some stimulants and hypersensitive drugs. This kind of medication will take care of the symptoms. However, medication is not the only solution for this kind of problem, especially with the fact that some children do not show any changes after the medication.
 
  • Therapy –Other than medication, therapy is also a good treatment alternative. Therapy is a managing rehabilitation solution not just for ADD/ADHD but also for other conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, stress and anxiety.

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