Once called ADD, Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic condition which includes problems in the areas of attention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. Called a disorder of self-control, it affects millions of children and even adults. The name was changed to ADHD to reflect the main features of this condition, namely inattention and hyperactivity/impulse control problems. Sometimes a child only exhibits symptoms of inattention, and is still diagnosed with ADHD, inattentive type.
Symptoms of ADHD will include some, but not necessarily all of the following symptoms: problems paying attention, distractibility, hyperactivity, impulsiveness, difficulty in following through with instructions, not listening, frequent forgetfulness, failure to complete or turn in schoolwork, fidgeting, being in constant motion, excessive talking, and frequently interrupting others.
More than just being a high-energy child, or “boys just being boys”, ADHD is a real disorder—not a result of bad parenting. While more boys are diagnosed than girls, girls are also affected by this disorder which can cause problems in school, home life, and with the child’s relationships and his/her self-esteem. If you feel your child may have ADHD, feel free to call our office for testing. My husband Roger and I will be happy to assist you.