Recognizing the Signs of ADHD in Your Child

Now that many children attend school at home virtually, many parents are getting a closer look at how well their child pays attention and performs when given assignments. Some may wonder: Is my child’s behavior normal? Should they really be bouncing off the walls and doodling in their notebook?

All children contain a lot of energy and, at times, may have trouble paying attention or sitting still. However, for some children, these attention and behavior problems are constant and may interfere with their relationships and ability to succeed at learning. About 6% of school-age children are diagnosed with ADHD, which stands for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.  

Dr. Manci Balas at Liberty Pediatrics has extensive experience testing children for ADHD and helping them manage their condition so that they can thrive. Here, Dr. Balas shares important information about ADHD and recognizing the signs and symptoms. 

What is ADHD?

ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders diagnosed in children. It often dissipates as a child gets older, but it can carry on through adulthood in some cases.  The condition is characterized by:

Not only can this disorder impact school work and learning, but it can also interfere with interpersonal relationships, mood, and self-esteem. Symptoms may be present from birth, but they usually don’t come to a teacher’s or parent’s attention until they are in elementary school. 

How do I know if my child has ADHD?

As mentioned above, ADHD symptoms are common among all children at some point. A parent may want to have their child tested if symptoms are persistent and cause problems at home and school. 

There are three primary types of ADHD, each of which presents with a different set of symptoms.

Inattentive ADHD

If your child falls under this category, you’ll notice that they don’t seem to listen to directions or pay attention. They may stare out the window as a teacher or parent is speaking. Other signs include:

Kids who fall under this category are less disruptive and may go unnoticed or undiagnosed as a result.

Hyperactive, impulsive ADHD

The hyperactive, impulsive ADHD type is what many people think of when they think of ADHD. Kids who fall under this category tend not to be able to sit still. They fidget and talk in class. Other signs include:

Kids in this category also tend to have frequent accidents and injuries. 

Combination ADHD

This type of ADHD child exhibits a combination of both inattentive and hyperactive and impulsive ADHD signs. However, it’s important to note when a child falls under this category, it doesn’t mean that their ADHD is more severe than the other two types.

While there is no cure for ADHD, there are a variety of treatment options to help your child. Often treatment entails a combination of medication and behavioral therapy.

If you suspect your child has ADHD or another mental health condition, call Liberty Pediatrics in Vestavia, Alabama, for a diagnostic session with Dr. Balas. You can also request an appointment online through this website. 

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