4 Common Signs of ADHD
By Stonewater Recovery · 2 minute read
Years ago, many people considered attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (also known as ADHD) as a childhood condition that teens could overcome as they approached adulthood. On the contrary, multiple studies reveal that it is more than a childhood condition. It is a neurological health condition that lasts for a lifetime if an individual fails to receive timely and appropriate medical attention. At Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center, we understand that it is not easy to tell when your child has this disorder. Reach out to us today at 662.373.2828 to learn about our ADHD treatment program.
1. Problems Paying AttentionTrouble paying attention is among the most common signs of ADHD. As a parent, guardian, child's custodian, or tutor, be keen on inattentiveness as it may indicate the child has the condition. For school-going children, these behaviors indicate that a child is experiencing concentration difficulties. You can look out for signs such as:
- Inability to maintain focus on a particular activity for an extended duration
- Getting bored before completing crucial tasks
- Experiencing listening difficulties in the presence of any distraction
- Trouble in following instructions and interpreting information
- Quickly diverting attention from critical tasks
2. Squirming and FidgetingBefore, doctors referred to the condition's name as attention deficit disorder (ADD). Modern healthcare providers choose the name attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. The condition involves impulsivity and hyperactivity, which are prevalent when a diagnosis occurs during a child's pre-school years. A child may display extreme squirmy and fidgeting behaviors. Watch out for an inability to remain calm while undertaking activities like reading books or eating. The child is also likely to be more talkative and make unnecessary noise besides doing other activities. Expect your loved one to be in constant motion and scrambling to access different toys within a short time.
3. ImpulsivityImpulsivity is also among the common signs of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Children with impulsivity are likely to be impatient and incapable of waiting for their turns when playing with peers. Some kids may interrupt and force their way to join their peers during play instead of requesting to join. A child with this disorder may also interrupt their friends in conversations or make irrelevant comments at the wrong times. Such behaviors are common among children because, at their age, they want to try everything in their naivety. They can be signs of ADHD if your child displays them to the extreme than other children of the same age.
4. Making Rash DecisionsWhen experts do not diagnose attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in time and administer appropriate ADHD treatment, it can lead to uncontrollable adults who make rash decisions. Such individuals display overly bold behaviors, exposing themselves to danger because of their fearless nature. Also, they will quickly jump to conclusions in situations that need well-thought actions. It is essential to discover children's mental conditions and seek appropriate treatment to protect a loved one from future catastrophic decisions.
Seek Professional Help at RehabIf you or your loved ones are displaying attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder signs, reach out to a rehab facility for professional help. ADHD treatment at a rehab center can make a dramatic impact on your child's life. Some of the treatment programs available in rehab include:
- Bipolar disorder treatment program
- Anxiety treatment program
- Depression treatment program
- Trauma treatment program
- Substance use treatment program