ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment

There are other problems that look like ADHD. They are underachievement at school owing to a learning disability, Attention lapses caused by physical inefficiency, possible middle ear infection that causes an intermittent hearing problem and Disruptive or unresponsive behavior due to anxiety or depression.

One of the difficulties in diagnosing ADHD is that it is generally accompanied by other problems. Many children with ADHD also have a specific learning disability known as LD.

It means that they have trouble in mastering language and few academic skills. It is mostly reading and mathematics. ADHD is not by itself by and large a specific learning disability.

But as ADHD can interfere with concentration and attention, it can make it very hard for a child with LD to perform well in school.A small proportion of people with ADHD have a rare disorder better known as Tourette's syndrome.

People with Tourette's have tics and other movements like eye blinks, facial twitches that they could never control by any chance. Few others with tourette's may grimace, shrug, sniff, or bark out words.

Almost half the children with ADHD [mostly boys] tend to have another condition known as oppositional defiant disorder. These children may overreact and/or lash out when they feel bad about themselves.

They may be stubborn, have outbursts of temper. They may be belligerent or defiant. Sometimes this progresses gradually to more serious conduct disorders.

Children with this combination of problems are at risk of getting in to trouble at school, society and sometimes even with the police. They may take unwanted risks and break laws. They may steal, set fires, destroy property, and drive carelessly.

It is very important that the children with these conditions receive help before the behaviors lead to more serious problems.Sometimes many children with ADHD [mostly younger children and boys] experience other emotional disorders.

About 20 to 25% of the children with ADHD fell anxious. They feel tremendous worry, tension, and uneasiness even when there is nothing to worry.

As these feelings are scarier, stronger, and more frequent than normal fears, they can affect the patient's thinking and behavior. Few patients experience depression. Depression goes well beyond ordinary sadness.

They may feel that they are hopeless and unable to deal with everyday tasks. Depression can disturb sleep, appetite, and the mental ability to think.

Because emotional disorders and attention disorders very often go hand in hand, every child who has ADHD should be checked for anxiety and depression.

Anxiety and depression can be treated, and thereby helping children to handle such strong, painful feelings will help them to overcome the effects of Add-on course, not all children with ADHD have an additional disorder.

Nor do all people with learning disabilities, Tourette's syndrome, have ADHD. But when they do occur together, the combination of problems can seriously complicate a person's life. For this reason, it's important to watch for other disorders in children who have ADHD.

For the children with ADHD who continue to have problems with all relevant symptoms, like inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, if medication wasn't included in the initial treatment plan, then a stimulant medication may be considered.

Behavior therapy may also be reinforced. Children, who are already on a stimulant medication and are not responding well, may be considered for different stimulant medication.

Stimulant medications generally work for the main symptoms of ADHD and in majority of the cases improve the child's ability to follow rules and decreases emotional over activity.


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