ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
What is ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a mental disorder which is commonly seen in children. It is a childhood disorder that continues through adolescent and adulthood. ADHD is affecting about 3 to 5 percent of children all over the world. The number of boys who got affected by ADHD is more than the number of girls. Symptoms of ADHD are hyperactivity, impulsive or inattentive behavior of child.
ADHD is classified into 3 sub categories:
Combined Hyperactive-Impulsive and Inattentive:
Symptoms of ADHD in children
If a child is suffering from ADHD then you can notice inattentive, hyperactive or impulsive behavior more frequently. For sometime child is inattentive, hyperactive or impulsive which is totally normal. However, same behavior for more than six months shows the symptoms of ADHD in your child.
Following are the symptoms of ADHD in children according to the subtypes of the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder:
Children suffering with Predominantly Inattentive:
Children suffering with Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive:
Children suffering with Combined Hyperactive-Impulsive and Inattentive
Causes of ADHD
There are no particular reasons or causes of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder but there are many different causes which contribute in the ADHD. Here are some of the causes of ADHD:
Treatment of ADHD
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can be treated through psychotherapy and medication. Doctors decide the treatment of ADHD based on the child's condition.
In the case of treatment of ADHD, various types of psychotherapies are used to improve child's behavior and manners. Behavioral therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy help a child to improve his behavior and teaches the way to control him. Children learn to control their anger, stop fidgeting, stay calm, and listen and respond other people properly.
Stimulant is the most common antidepressant which is used to calm down the child. Many stimulant antidepressants are available in the market. However, you should consult your psychiatrist.
Here is a list of Antidepressants which are helpful in the treatment of ADHD:
For 3 years and older (generic name):
For 6 years and older (generic name)
These are some of the antidepressants doctors could prescribe your child according to his/her condition. Never use them without doctor's permission because sometimes they may have side effects.
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