ADHD Diagnosis in Children
disorder [ADHD] is the persistent inability of a person to pay attention
to what is deemed important.
Therefore, we do not expect children to exhibit the same kinds of behaviors as the adults. The person who is suspected to have ADHD must have a much lower attention span than others when compared to persons of a similar age.
People with ADHD are usually impulsive and quite active. A diagnosis of ADHD is arrived at, when the symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity manifest themselves in at least two environments.
For example, the symptoms must be present at school and at home. To confirm ADHD, the lack of attention has to cause problems for the individual in the academic or occupational place.
deficit hyperactive disorder tends to run in families. The
ADHD is more common in males than in females. Few studies which report that males with ADHD out number females by at least 4:1. The diagnosis of ADHD is generally not made before the child enters school.
ADHD may be present earlier, but only in the school setting which it is getting highlighted. The childs lack of attention compared with the attention of other children is noted by the teacher more clearly.
The teachers then report it to the parents. Children may be diagnosed with ADHD at any time in their school years. Adults also equally suffer from the disorder.
health professional diagnoses attention deficit hyperactive
Few psychological tests can help to confirm the diagnosis. There are no laboratory tests necessary to confirm the presence of attention deficit hyperactive disorder.
There is no physical condition that needs to be met with to confirm ADHD. At the same time it is essential not to overlook a physical illness that might contribute to ADHD.
In case of any doubt about a medical problem, the mental health professional must refer to a physician, who would perform a complete physical examination and conduct any necessary laboratory tests if required.
Behavior therapy and the use of medications have been shown to give very good results for treating ADHD. The use of stimulant medications such as Cylert (pemoline), Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine), or Ritalin (methylphenidate) has become very popular treatment in all parts of world.
If the patient
is a child, behavior therapy involving the child and his or her parents
is very helpful. Behavior therapy can be conducted alone or can be conducted
with medication therapy. The therapists should consult the child's
teacher which is a very important element of the treatment.