Symptoms and Treatment Options for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD / ADHD) in Children



According to Russell
A. Barkley, Ph.D.

Internationally Recognized ADHD Authority,
  • A classroom with 30 students will have between 1 and 3 children with ADHD.
  • Boys are diagnosed with ADHD 3 times more often than girls.
  • Emotional development in children with ADHD is 30% slower than in their non-ADD peers. This means that a child that is 10 years old will have the emotional development of a 7 year old, a 20
    year old will have the emotional maturity of a 14 year old.
  • One fourth of children with ADHD have serious learning disabilities such as: oral expression, listening skills, reading comprehension and/or
    math.
  • 65% of children with ADHD exhibit problems in defiance or problems with authority figures. This can include verbal hostility and temper tantrums.
  • 75% of boys diagnosed with ADD/ADHD have hyperactivity.
  • 60% of girls diagnosed with ADD/ADHD have hyperactivity.
  • 50% of children with ADHD experience sleep problems.
  • Teenagers with ADHD have almost four times as many traffic citations as non-ADD/ADHD drivers. They have four times as many car accidents and are seven times more likely to have a second
    accident.
  • 21% of teens with ADHD skip school on a regular basis, and 35% drop out of school before finishing high school.
  • 45% of children with ADHD have been suspended from school at least once.
  • 30% of children with ADHD have either repeated a year in school. (Taking Charge of ADHD, Dr. Russell Barkley)
How can you tell if your child has ADHD
or ADD?

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) symptoms can affect your child's
concentration and ability to focus. It can also lead to social problems and mood swings. Children under the age of twelve with this disorder have a difficult time concentrating and focusing, which will have a negative impact on their schoolwork, relationships, and social life.

ADD symptoms usually appear over the course of a few months instead of all at once. Unlike ADHD, children with ADD are not hyperactive. However, he may still find it hard to keep his mind on one task and may get bored after a few minutes.

If your child is doing something she really enjoys, she may not have trouble paying attention. But she may find it challenging to deliberately focus on one task, keep organized and learn something new.

Preschool children often display many of the symptoms of ADD but this doesn't necessarily mean that they have the disorder. It is very difficult to diagnose kids under the age of five. During these young years children grow and change rapidly.

If you believe that your child may have ADD or ADHD you should seek help from your child's pediatrician first before seeking treatment options. Your child's doctor may suggest using prescription medications to control her symptoms. While effective these medications have a lot of negative side effects.

Natural herbal and homeopathic remedies have been proven to help children with ADD and ADHD without the risk of side effects.They can help your child maintain harmony, health and systemic balance
in the brain and nervous system.

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