ADHD Characteristics - Identifying the Symptoms of ADHD

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ADHD characteristics can be best described as problems with self regulation. For those without the condition, or have yet to gain a better understanding of the condition, this concept may be difficult to grasp, instead believing that a child with ADHD just needs to try a little harder or be disciplined differently. These two misguided premises couldn't be further from the truth. In this informational article titled "ADHD Characteristics" we will name the ten most common characteristics of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and give a brief overview of the condition itself in hopes of assisting you in gaining a better understanding of the this troublesome mental disorder.

ADHD characteristics are often associated with difficulties in school involving both learning and behavior. These challenges make it difficult for any child to overachieve in a structured school environment and accounts for an 80% academic underachievement rate. 

The characteristics of this disorder listed in order of frequency are: hyperactivity, perceptual motor impairment, emotional instability, general coordination deficit, disorders of attention (short attention span, distractibility, lack of persistence, failure to finish tasks, not listening, poor concentration), impulsiveness or action before thought, poor organizational skills, disorders of memory or thinking, specific learning disabilities, disorders of speech and hearing, and neurological signs of electroencephalographic irregularities. 

The three basic symptoms

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is broken down into the three primary symptoms of inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. Let's take a moment to explore each of these.

*Inattention: Put simply the inability to focus, particularly on complex, uninteresting or large tasks requiring prolonged concentration. 

*Impulsivity: The inability to self regulate is at the heart of impulsivity. An individual with ADHD regularly acts without considering the cost or consequences. They may be seen as risk takers or individuals who often talk out of turn.

*Hyperactivity: Even if you are not a parent of an ADHD child you may have encountered the condition at your favorite restaurant or shopping mall without recognizing it as ADHD. A child living with hyperactivity is constantly in motion. They may be able to sit but need to move some part of their body when doing so. Hyperactivity is most noticeable in the childhood years and tends to morph into physical restlessness in the adolescent and adult years.

In conclusion, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a very common condition that affects somewhere between 5 and 10 percent of school aged children and generally requires some form of treatment. Prescription stimulant medications are currently the treatment option of choice but the risk of side effects is causing many parents to seek a natural, side effect free option. 

Your next step? Start researching natural ADHD treatments, rather than giving your child prescription drugs. Prescription drugs may alleviate the symptoms of the problem but they are only putting a band-aid on a bigger issue and with potentially serious consequences. Look for a natural alternative remedy for ADHD so you can safely and effectively treat ADHD symptoms like hyperactivity, erratic behavior, and lack of concentration without placing your child's health at risk.

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This article was published on 2010/03/29