Frequently asked questions about ADHD

We’ve all heard of ADHD, but what does it actually mean? No, really; what do the letters A, D, H, D stand for? It’s not a rhyme scheme; far from it. It’s an acronym for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Discount Medical Supplies provides the answers to more frequently asked questions about ADHD:

Frequently asked questions about ADHD

1.What is ADHD?

This is a very common childhood neurodevelopmental disorder that tends to last into the adult years.

2.What are the symptoms of ADHD?

·         Daydreaming a lot.

·         Forgetting or losing things too often.

·         Squirming/fidgeting.

·         Talking excessively.

·         Acting without thinking about consequences.

·         Difficulty to resist temptation.

·         Trouble waiting for turns.

·         Inability to get along well with others.

3.What are the types of ADHD?

·         Predominantly Inattentive Presentation.

·         Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation.

·         Combined Presentation.

4.What are the symptoms of Predominantly Inattentive Presentation?

·         Trouble organizing or finishing tasks.

·         Inattention to details.

·         Difficulty following instructions or conversations.

·         Being easily distracted.

·         Forgetting daily routines.

5.What are the symptoms of Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation?

·         Fidgeting and talking a lot.

·         Trouble sitting still for long.

·         Running, jumping, or climbing constantly (smaller children).

·         Restlessness.

·         Impulsiveness.

·         Interrupting people often.

·         Grabbing things from people.

·         Speaking at inappropriate times.

·         Proneness to accidents and injuries.

6.What are the symptoms of Combined Presentation?

·         A combination of the above two types.

7.What causes ADHD?

·         Genetics.

·         Brain injuries.

·         Lead exposure.

·         Drinking alcohol/smoking tobacco during pregnancy.

·         Premature delivery.

·         Low birth weight.

8.How is ADHD diagnosed?

·         Medical exam.

·         Medical history.

·         Interviews/questionnaires.

·         Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-5 criteria for ADHD.

9.How is ADHD treated?

·         Behavior therapy.

·         Medication.

10.How can a parent help a child with ADHD at home?

·         Showing a lot of affection.

·         Spending time with the child.

·         Finding ways of improving self-esteem and a sense of discipline.

·         Working on organization.

·         Using simple language.

·         Showing as well as telling.

·         Following a regular schedule.

·         Making sure the child gets enough rest.

·         Identifying problematic situations.

·         Being patient.

·         Keeping things in perspective.

11.How can a parent help a child with ADHD at school?

·         Asking about programs that schools are required by law to have in order to make sure children with learning disabilities get equal opportunities.

·         Talking to the child’s teachers.

12.How to manage ADHD?

·         Structuring the child’s daily life.

·         Rewarding good behavior.

·         Discouraging destructive behavior.

·         Leading by example.

·         Promoting healthy family relationships.

13.How can ADHD be prevented?

·         Avoiding alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs during pregnancy.

·         Protecting the child from being exposed to pollutants and toxins.

·         Avoiding excessive exposure to TV and video games in the first five years of life.


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