How To Recognize and Cope with Attention Deficit Disorderby Karen Murphy
About thirty years back, a child was a born voyager, rambunctious, or was said to have been gifted with great creativity or brainpower, if he seemed to be lacking concentration, and was impatient, and impulsive. These children, due to their lack in concentration at school, were often jumped ahead, since it was thought that the work was not testing enough to match… See more details below
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About thirty years back, a child was a born voyager, rambunctious, or was said to have been gifted with great creativity or brainpower, if he seemed to be lacking concentration, and was impatient, and impulsive. These children, due to their lack in concentration at school, were often jumped ahead, since it was thought that the work was not testing enough to match their capabilities.
However, now when a child shows these symptoms, they are generally diagnosed with ADD, i.e, Attention Deficit Disorder, and are treated as soon as possible.
ADD is quite a new discovery, and is most commonly found among elementary school boys. A typical young boy would be seen to act on impulse, have too much energy, be restless, and having a problem with concentrating in the class. Moreover, these kids usually tend to spend 40-plus hours a week, in front of the television, or playing video games. It cannot be denied that many children do have a lot of vigor.
This distracted behavior can be caused in children due to various reasons. In some cases, these factors might be quite serious, and might not have anything to do with the psychology of the child, or the child’s fitness conditions. For example, the behavior usually observed in children, suffering from ADD, may be caused due to problems of child abuse or due to neglect. Usually, once a child is diagnosed with ADD, a drug like Ritalin is prescribed, and the child abuse is continued without interference.
The ADD symptoms may signify some severe psychological problems, such as the bipolar disorder, deep anxiety or depression or even defects in brain. However, in some cases, the causal factors may be quite simple, like an allergy, sensitiveness to the environment, deficiency of nutrition, or excessive caffeine intake.
Therefore, the child’s parents and teachers, along with their doctors must treat ADD as a serious issue, which should be treated with not only medication but also proper investigation.
There are a number of ways in which you can help your child use his talents, and deal with ADD. The first most important step is to properly do your research and know everything about ADD. You would thus be in a better position to help your child, and understand the problems. You would also become more aware of the popular treatments, and be more prepared to face what might come next. It should also be helpful in preparing you to work with the doctor for managing the disorder successfully.
In any case, even if you are using medication, some strategies of behavior therapies should be applied to help manage your child’s actions. These prepare your child with lasting skills to provide them with help in becoming efficient and productive. The strategies for your child’s actions and the consequences should be set by you. Children suffering from ADD need to have well defined limits set on their actions and must be treated with steady discipline.
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