We have all been there – separated in the doctor's office, being told that your child has one of the ADHD types. If you do not have a good understanding about the disorder it can all seem rather overwhelming at the beginning. The first thing you need to realize that you are not responsible for your child's ADHD! This can not be stressed enough as many parents are berated by friends and family members for not exercising greater specialized measures and so have only themselves to blame for their child's erratic, out-of-control behavior.
The fact of the matter is that the precise cause or causes of ADHD are not actually known despite many decades of research and study. What is known is that ADHD is usually the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain and not the result of poor parenting or lack of discipline. Of course this does not mean that every badly behaved child has Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. This can only be determined after a thorough and complete diagnostic process delivered by an ADHD specialist. Any doctor that renders a positive diagnosis after a single consultation should be viewed with skepticism and a healthy dose of caution!
It is very easy to gather research about ADHD these days, thanks to the fact that so many people have access to the Internet. When you start researching the disorder you are sure to come across some recurring information and phrases. For instance, you have probably already learned that there are three ADHD types according to the APA's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. These are referred to as sub-types or sub-categories and are:
* Predominantly Inattentive Type ADHD – the child struggles with maintaining concentration and focus. They tend to be easily distracted, lose interest quickly, and are known to daydream and be forgetful. Unfortunately, many kids with this type of ADHD remain undiagnosed, because the symptoms are more difficult to spot. As a result, children with this sub-type of ADHD are often misjudged and labeled as being uncommunicative, unresponsive, unwilling to commit them to their schoolwork, and so on.
* Predominantly Hyperactive / Impulsive Type ADHD – Kids that fall into this category are far easier to spot because of the simple fact that they appear to be perpetually on the go. They fidget a lot, move around, jump, run, play, make a noise, demand attention, interrupt others, are easily distracted and are generally very difficult or impossible to control. Teachers are becoming very adept at spotting this particular type of ADHD and some will even go so far as to recommend the ADHD medication the child should be taking! Of course, while teachers do have a very necessary voice that parents should he heed, it is important to have the child evaluated by a professional ADHD specialist.
* Combined Inattentive and Hyperactive / Impulsive Type ADHD – This is the category that contains the most diagnoses. The child with combined type ADHD will display all of the symptoms associated with the previous two types.
ADHD treatment options
Despite the ongoing controversy surrounding synthetic and commonly prescribed ADHD medications, such as Adderall, Ritalin, Vivanse, and so on, ADHD drugs remain the number one choice when it comes to treating and managing ADHD behaviors and symptoms. Because of the fact that there are some really unpleasant side effects associated with these drugs, more and more parents are choosing a more natural approach to dealing with ADHD symptoms and behaviors, such as homeopathic remedies. These are safe and very often very effective in not only masking the symptoms for a few hours, like ADHD drugs typically do, but actually actually damaging the disorder.