Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD in children is characterized by persistent inattention, impulsiveness and often, hyperactivity. ADD is generally thought of as a childhood disorder, but it can persist into adult life. It affects up to 10% of the population and occurs three times as often in boys as in girls.
Children with ADHD:
* Often move more quickly into a state of high agitation or excitement than their peers
* Often talk incessantly and loudly.
* Move constantly and fidget with objects in their environment
* Frequently switch from one activity to another without pause
* Cannot filter out unimportant stimuli (everything grabs their attention).
* Often shout out answers before questions have been completed
* Have difficulty waiting turns in games
* Often interrupt or intrude on others
What is the difference between ADD and ADHD? Children with ADD differ from children with ADHD in that they typically do not display hyperactive behaviour. Children with ADD are often classified as “day dreamers” and are often not diagnosed as they are not as disruptive as children suffering from ADHD
.The most effective treatment for AD/HD include a combination of medication (prescribed by a neurologist), change in diet and behaviour modification techniques.
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