ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is the most researched of all childhood disorders and yet we still do not know much about it. In a nutshell, the disorder is characterized by the inability to maintain concentration and focus, hyperactivity, impulsivity, and distractibility. Kids with ADHD are not dumb and nor do they have a learning disability. They are not badly behaved and do not need to be more disciplined. Children with ADHD know what is expected of them but the disorder makes it impossible for them to behave as they should or as they are expected to behave. It might be frustrating for parents and educators but it is arguably more so for the ADHD child.
ADHD is extremely common and the number of new diagnoses made each year continues to escalate. Millions have already been diagnosed and many of them are on synthetic stimulant medications to control the symptoms and behaviors associated with the disorder. For some these drugs prove to be beneficial and they are able to function better. For others there is no improvement. Then there is the issue of the side effects for which traditional ADHD medications are renowned.
Kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder really struggle academically and socially. They can’t fit in and live in their own world that is basically in a constant chaotic state. Help, guidance, understanding, treatment, and compassion are all necessary for the ADHD child. Unfortunately the symptoms of the disorder tend to persist into adulthood and if left undiagnosed and untreated, can really negatively impact a person’s life, causing intense emotional pain and frustration.
Many dispute whether the disorder is even real and this is because many grew up never hearing about ADHD. However it is important to understand that it is a very real disorder and has been known about since the mid-1800s, in fact. The disorder has been researched extensively to determine what the causes may be, if and how it can be prevented, and what the best course of treatment is in order to manage the symptoms. But despite all the thousands of scientific papers that have been written we still know very little about the disorder. What is known is that it is not a learning disability although it can lead to learning problems.
Many kids with ADHD also have a learning disability but not all those with a learning disability have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Likewise, not all children diagnosed with ADHD will by hyperactive as there are two other subtypes, besides the hyperactive subtype, of the disorder, namely inattentive type, and combined inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive type.
Treatment invariably consists of ADHD medications such as Ritalin or Adderall, however homeopathic and other alternative treatments and remedies have proven to be highly effective in helping to curb ADHD behavior and tendencies and certainly warrant closer investigation by any concerned parent of a child diagnosed with ADHD.