What is ADHD in Children?

What is ADHD

ADHD stands for Attention Deficits Hyperactivity Disorder. ADHD or ADD is usually diagnosed in childhood. We all know young children have short attention span. But if his/her attention span is unusually short-spanned for his/her age, that warrants some concern. Or an older child who is not able to stay put in his/her chair and behaves more like a toddler wandering around the classroom.

A diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is given when hyperactivity and impulsivity are not present. But, in general, ADHD and ADD are used interchangeably.

ADHD in children can affect learning and social skills. It is important to get proper diagnosis and treatment early.

What are the ADHD Symptoms?

Well, ADHD symptoms are pretty self-explained – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – lack of attention (or focus) and hyperactive (cannot sit still).

You know how we often jokes about ADHD when one of our friends keeps forgetting things while multitasking.

Of course, you don’t get the diagnosis of ADHD just for being forgetful occasionally.

A child has to show that he/she has at least 6 items from that category to be classified as inattentive, hyperactive or impulsive. And the child must show to have these behaviors for at least 6 months, and the behaviors are creating significant impairment in social, academic or occupational functioning or relationships.

List of ADHD Symptoms

What kind of ADHD Treatments Are Available?

Conventional ADHD treatment includes ADHD medication along with behavioral therapy.

Most ADHD medications are stimulants that inhibit dopamine and norepinephrine reuptake. Both dopamine and norepinephrine are important brain chemical signals for proper brain function.

Chronic use of such medications may increase dopamine and norepinephrine metabolism. This means your body will eventually develop tolerance and dependence on the drug.

Besides, as much as 70% of patients on ADHD medication reports side effects, such as loss of appetite, headaches, sleep disorder, mood swings and personality change.

There is also evidence that shows these medications may cause stunt growth. And up to 30% of patients do not respond to stimulants.

On the other hand, natural alternative ADHD Treatment works just as well as prescription ADHD medication in treating ADHD symptoms, EXCEPT without the side effects mentioned above.

Natural alternative ADHD Treatment are also very affordable compare to prescriptions medications. You can afford these treatments without breaking your bank even with no medical insurance coverage.

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Author: Anna

I'm a board-certified Pediatric Nutritionist, who takes care of medically-fragile infants and children in the US Defense System; I'm mother of a teenager and a real estate investor. I love spending time with friends and family playing tennis, golf, hiking and stand-up-paddling. And we live in Honolulu, Hawaii.