Children with Attention Disorder and Hyperactivity Disorder may have two groups of Symptoms, those of Inattention and the other of Hyperactivity-Impulsivity.
ADHD Treatment at Manovikas Clinic, Vashi
In children with ADHD our child psychologist Dr. Vikas Deshmukh will take a detailed history from parents is an important first step of evaluation. Sometimes, feedback from teachers is also sought; after all, ADHD has to be observed in both settings, school as well as home. However, the clinical examination of the child also becomes very essential. Some children may show signs of both symptom groups while some children may suffer inattention, alone.
The treatment includes medication to correct the neuro-chemical imbalance. ADHD in the child may lead to difficulties in learning and may lead to adverse effect on the child’s academics. Hence, timely treatment is essential. Psychotherapy, occupational therapy also helps.
Primary cause of ADHD
There is no particular cause of ADHD as such. It is multi-factorial. More often than not, more than one particular cause may give rise to it. The causes are postulated to be genetic, neuro-chemical imbalance, and even social factors.
Signs of Inattention:
the parents/teachers may note following in the child:
- Making careless mistakes in schoolwork, work or other activities
- Does not give close attention to details
- Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
- Does not follow through on instructions, resulting in unfinished schoolwork, tasks, chores, duties
- Has difficulty organising tasks and activities
- Does not like, avoids or hesitates to perform tasks that need sustained mental effort
- Loses things needed for schoolwork or other activities(books, toys, stationery items,etc.)
- Forgetful in daily activities
- Often gets/ easily gets distracted by external stimuli
Signs of Hyperactivity-Impulsivity:
The parents/teachers may note the following in the child:
- Often fidgety, squirming in seat
- Even though expected to be seated, leaves seat in class
- Has difficulty playing quietly
- Runs about or climbs excessively
- Talks excessively, often
- Often seems to be “driven by a motor” or “on the go”
- Has difficulty awaiting turn
- Blurts out answers even before hearing the complete question
- Often interrupts games or intrudes into conversations