Updated: Jan 14, 2019
ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. ADHD has long been recognized as a childhood disorder that affects a child’s self-control and focus, as well as other important skills. In more recent years, ADHD has become recognized as being an adult disorder as well. Regardless of whether ADHD affects children or adults, the result can affect their everyday lives. For children, it can often cause problems in school due to the lack of concentration, as well as problems within their families. Adult ADHD can affect job performance and personal relationships. Diagnosing ADHD is not always easy. Parents or teachers may think a child has ADHD if he is very energetic or has difficulty focusing. This is not enough, however, for an accurate diagnosis...which leads to the most effective treatment. According to ADDitude: Inside the ADHD MIND, symptoms must affect a child’s functioning and development, and some of the symptoms must have appeared before the age of 12.
Here are some of the symptoms of ADHD:
· Difficulty paying attention to detail; makes careless mistakes
· Difficulty paying attention during play or other tasks; difficulty paying attention to conversations, lectures, or reading for a length of time
· Difficulty listening when being spoken to directly
· Difficulty following through with instructions and completing tasks
· Difficulty sitting still; fidgets a lot
· Runs or climbs at inappropriate times; in adults, feeling very restless
· Difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly
· Feelings of anxiety
· Poor social skills
· Emotional over-reactivity
If you think you or your child may have ADHD, here are two self-tests you can take to get an idea: https://additudenewhopemedia.survey.fm/self-test-emotional-hyperarousal, https://additudenewhopemedia.survey.fm/test-adhd-children. According to ADDitude: Inside the ADHD Mind, for a child or an adult to be properly diagnosed with ADHD, 6 of the symptoms must be present in at least 2 different settings for a period of 6 months or more. Additional criteria are included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manuel of Mental Disorders (Fifth Edition). The good news is that ADHD is treatable. Do not hesitate to reach out for help if you believe you or your child needs treatment.
eSupport Counselors are trained to assess and diagnose symptoms of ADHD. We also work alongside some talented psychiatrists that offer face to face and tele-psychiatry to enhance treatment approaches and get you feeling more focused and productive!