If you have noticed your child to be restless and anxious all the time, it might look cute as the child is highly energetic, but it could be a cause for concern at the same time. It is not normal and the child could be having ADHD that is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. As the name suggests, it is a disorder with deficiency of attention and in which the child is always hyperactive.
ADHD is a disorder in which the symptoms usually show up before the age of seven. It is characterized by a group of behavioural symptoms that include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. The symptoms should be persistent for a period of at least 6 months. The impact of these symptoms is felt extensively where his overall self-esteem is affected, be it at home, preschool or school, academics or extracurricular activities and in interpersonal relationships.
The most common symptoms, which are almost diagnostic of ADHD are:
The following are the less common ones:
While these are the pressing symptoms of ADHD, psychosocial and behaviour oriented treatments canal a significant role in managing the child in the following ways. As a first step, the caregiver should have a detailed discussion with the parents, school staff and any other people with whom the child interacts significantly.
This will help identify areas that need support from Therapy, which are the following:
Medications in age appropriate doses with careful monitoring and frequent follow-ups also help in providing symptom releif.
So, while an ADHD child is definitely a cause for concern, proper support from family and society can help manage the condition.