Boys and girls may be affected differently by ADHD. Hyperactivity tends to be more prevalent in boys, while inattentiveness typically affects girls. Exact causes for the condition aren’t clear. Some suspected contributors include:
ADHD falls into three subtypes: those who are mostly inattentive, those who are mostly hyperactive, and those who combine the two. The latter is the most common ADHD type diagnosed.
Compared with normal behavior, a child diagnosed with ADHD has symptoms lasting longer than 6 months, and these symptoms are negatively affecting the child’s life, in school or at home.
Inattentive behavior symptoms include:
Hyperactive behavior symptoms may be:
ADHD treatment may include medication, education, and training, or counseling. Psychostimulants are most frequently prescribed, despite this seeming counterintuitive. This class of medication appears to balance neurotransmitters in the brain. Both inattention and hyperactivity may show improvement – sometimes very quickly – when the child is responsive to medication.
Education, training, and therapy also play a positive role in reducing not only the symptoms of ADHD, but the attendant problems, such as depression or anxiety. These treatments may include training for the child in social skills, training for the parents to cope with their child’s condition, and behavioral modification therapy.
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