One of the brain disorders common to childhood is ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is a condition where the brain is delayed to mature which makes it difficult for a child to finish tasks and build good relationship with other children. ADHD may continue to adulthood with hyperactivity less but still with difficulty in paying attention.
While it is normal for growing children to be hyperactive, impulsive or inattentive, these behaviors occur more often to those diagnosed with ADHD. Symptoms of inattention may include daydreaming, inability to follow instructions, not listening, easily distracted, confused and bored with tasks, forget things, difficulty processing information and the trouble completing assignments. Hyperactivity is diagnosed with constant motion, nonstop talking, trouble sitting still, playing with anything and difficulty doing quiet tasks. Impulsivity is shown through blurting out inappropriate comments, interrupting conversations, and difficulty waiting for things they want.
With the symptoms above, more often ADD can be mistaken for other problems. Some adults think that their children displaying these behaviors have clinical problems and that these are but character flaws that needs action. There is no single test though to diagnose a child if he or she has this disorder. Licensed health professionals must gather as much information as needed. Aside from the child's behavior, family genes, environment factors, school and medical records, and even diet will be studied.
In treating ADHD, some give stimulant medications which can help children improve their focus and reduce hyperactivity and impulsivity. Side effects of these medications such as irritability, anxiety, reduced appetite, and sleep problems have also been reported.
For adults with this disorder, here are some copying tips:
Write things down when necessary. All the things you need to remember should be written in a notebook which you must carry at all times.
At work or in school, ask people to repeat instructions for you instead of making guess.
Choose to work in a quiet area. Remind yourself with the things you need to do by posting notes. It is better to break large task into small, easy to do tasks.
Organize. Similar things should be stored together so you can easily locate them. Do your routine.
Practice your coping tips daily in order to inject these new habits in your routine.
Therapy perhaps is the most useful tool to cope up with this disorder. Parents and family members must be educated as they are needed to guide and understand children with ADHD . Therapist will be able to teach them how to handle disruptive behaviors and how to encourage behavior changes.