Attention deficit/hyperactive disorder or ADHD is a childhood disorder, although it sometimes appears in adults as well. Many people mistake it for the normal activity of a child because it often manifests in hyperactivity and restlessness. ADHD can cause emotional problems within a family as guilt, anger, frustration, and blame. When this affects life at school or at home, it can be hard to manage. Reach out to a trusted treatment facility who can help you manage the symptoms of ADHD and move on to a more relaxed life.
Studies have shown that the brain is smaller in a child with ADHD by approximately three percent than in a child without it. Moreover, the areas of the brain are smaller that deal with things like concentration, inhibition, and controlling impulses. The study was quick to point out that brain size did not affect intelligence, nor was brain development different between ADHD kids and other kids.
Additionally, brain chemicals are different in ADHD children. The neural pathways by which signals are processed in the brain are different. They run on brain chemicals like dopamine and norepinephrine. There is a deficiency of these neurotransmitters, which affects how the neurotransmitters work. These brain chemicals and neural pathways control things both outside the body as well as inside. For example, concentration, organization, restlessness and more are controlled by these chemicals on their specific pathways.
ADHD is characterized famously by inattention and hyperactivity. On closer examination, you will notice these following traits:
While some of these symptoms are simple characteristics of childhood, they are more pronounced in the ADHD child.
ADHD appears in childhood at about the age of six and continues often into adulthood. When children exhibit the signs of ADHD for more than six months, then these are reasons for seeking medical help:
ADHD treatment encompasses medication and therapy. Untreated, it will have consequences that last a lifetime. The goal is to help the patient feel normal. Behavioral therapy includes a combination of family interaction, individual development, and open communication. Social skills and family support can be learned through therapy.
Chemicals will not cure ADHD. They are only useful for the day the child takes the medication. The medical team will work with the child to see which medication covers his/her symptoms the best. Some medications will go with a child right through the teen years into adulthood.
Lifestyle changes will help as well. The medical team will advise parents regarding taking up a hobby, not spending so much time in front of a TV or computer, how to organize something, and setting up a daily routine the child can follow.
Parents of an ADHD child require doctors that will work with the child, learning his/her medical history and personality. Your treatment facility will need to pay close attention to the patient and their needs regarding ADHD. 2nd Chance Treatment has experience handling cases of ADHD in kids and adults. If you are looking for advice, or even treatment, please call us and set up an appointment at our Gilbert location.