What are the symptoms of ADHD?
ADHD is a brain condition. It makes it hard to control impulses or stay focused. It’s common in kids. Some symptoms are typical in children.
But in those with a real ADHD diagnosis, symptoms stick around into adulthood. This can lead to problems. Untreated, it can worsen other issues like anxiety and depression.
ADHD can be tough. It’s linked to poor performance at work or school, unemployment, financial problems, substance abuse, and even breaking the law. It affects mental and physical health and can lead to suicide attempts. That’s why spotting ADHD signs is crucial. Treatment can help.
ADHD symptoms in kids include daydreaming, forgetfulness, restlessness, talkativeness, risk-taking, impulse issues, and social struggles. ADHD comes in different types, like inattentive, hyperactive-impulsive, or combined. Doctors diagnose based on criteria, and symptoms must show up in multiple settings.
What is the treatment of ADHD?
ADHD is a brain condition that makes impulse control and focus tough due to brain differences. Several treatments can help manage symptoms and prevent complications. Talk to a doctor to decide which treatment is best.
Non-pharmacological: Behavioral Therapy
Kids under 6 should avoid medication due to side effects. Behavioral therapy is helpful. Parents can learn to manage disruptive behaviors. It’s as effective as medication in young kids. Teachers can also use behavioral therapy in the classroom.
Pharmacological therapy: Stimulants and Non-stimulants
In children aged 6 and up, medication is usually combined with behavioral therapy. Stimulants are common. There are methylphenidates (like Ritalin) and amphetamines (like Adderall). Non-stimulants work too, with effects lasting up to 24 hours. They’re an option when stimulants don’t work or have side effects or for patients with other conditions.
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This article has been written by Umedoc staff and fully reviewed and liked by Jim Liu, MD.
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