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Does your child get distracted every second, by a phone or an iPad or even with the slightest sound of the needle? even when he has a pile of important and urgent tasks to complete. It’s almost like he is looking for a reason to get distracted! If yes, please try and make some strict judiciary moving forward. Now, what if, in spite of having structured rules and regulations, you are still unable to help your child practice focus? In most cases, this symptom is customary for any child to experience. While in some rare cases, this warning can exhibit or initiate a lengthy diagnosis as these could be signs of ADHD.
ADHD, which is a mental health disorder, usually affects the overall progress of a child in terms of academics as well as relationships. Depending on the symptom, there are 3 kinds of classified ADHD’s. This classification is based on the main feature of the disorder.
Types of ADHD
1. ADHD Combined Type-
Most common of the three, children with this feature can be hyperactive, inattentive and impulsive, or, a combination of two.
2. ADHD Hyperactive-Impulsive Type-
With Hyperactive-Impulsive Type, children have no issue being attentive, but they lose their attention with every impulse.
3. ADHD Inattentive Type-
Children with this feature have little or no trouble sitting still but they are predominately inattentive. They face difficulties focusing on one task or activity, without diverting.
With the analysis of features that are mentioned above and some of the early signs, it is possible to detect ADHD at a very premature stage, to also be able to help the child.
10 Signs of ADHD-
1. Short Attention Span-
Finishing one page of the book without getting distracted every minute, is a common sign of ADHD. Even if you remove all the unnecessary distractions from the working environment, the child still tends to drift in daydreaming. He/She also seem to forget about the placement of keys, important objects as their attention span keeps shifting.
2. Self-Driven Behavior-
Understanding someone’s need or desires is a big challenge for children with ADHD. They find it very hard to be compassionate, rather they are very blunt. Many a time, such rawness comes out as arrogance and which is why making friends is also difficult for them.
3. Constant Fidgeting-
Whether it is with a pen, book, pages, shoes, foot, the fidgeting almost never stops. They find it very difficult to listen, converse or study without constantly fidgeting. Sitting still without running around every two minutes is also impossible for them.
If they are forcibly made to sit still, sooner or later, the restlessness takes over their behavior. Even playing and leisure activities without fidgeting is challenging for children.
4. Extreme Trouble Waiting for Their Turns-
Waiting for their turn during classroom activities or to get their food in restaurants or to wait for the long-awaited vacations also makes them restless. Further, to get rid of the restlessness, they start to fidget rigorously and divert their mind.
As it is very difficult for children with ADHD to be compassionate or listen without becoming impulsive, the impulse further turns into interruption and digression.
6. Shifting Task or Leaving Unfinished Tasks-
A child with ADHD might be very talented in certain tasks, or he might be also interested in various fields, but completing one task before jumping to the next is difficult. For example- Before finishing the science project the child initiated with great enthusiasm, he/she will jump to another business management project and then another, leaving all incomplete in the end.
7- Little Sense of Danger-
The child might have categorized dangerous situation, fed by the external factors, but when it comes to judging the danger before acting, they are incompetent.
They end up doing things without analyzing the consequences.
8. Excessive Talking-
With minimum listening skills and fidgeting habits, most of the time, the child with ADHD will end up puttering more words than his own brain has processed. Even if there is less sense in their phrases, they live in the habit of constant muttering.
9- Lack of Focus-
Even if you speak to them directly, involving them in the conversation, they still lose interest pretty fast.
They can’t seem to understand the importance of organization, although the loss of things gets them to fidget. The child just cant organize his bookshelves, wardrobes, his timetable or his/her time in general.
Some of the related conditions to ADHD, that can also help with the diagnosis are given below-
- ODD- Oppositional defiant disorder
- Sleep issue- Insomnia.
- ASD- Autistic spectrum disorder
Putting out a disclaimer- All children at some point in time will exhibit one or two of these signs and that’s completely normal. However, if you detect these signs on a daily basis, then it’s time to review the options available for treatment.
Lastly, detecting ADHD/ADHD Signs in adults is quite difficult, also due to the huge lack in research.