ADHD is a mental condition first seen in the childhood years whose symptoms include difficulty paying attention, a high degree of impulsivity, with hyperactivity or restlessness. Symptoms become apparent before the age of 7, last for at least 180 days, and present substantial difficulties for the child in at least two environments, usually home and school. In some cases the condition disappears during the adolescent years but more often than not it continues into adulthood, though symptoms may be become less severe or morph into a different form. While the condition is more common in males there has been a substantial increase in confirmed cases in females in recent years.
Symptoms Checklist for Inattention
* Is unusually forgetful
* Distracted easily by the slightest outside distraction
* Seems to struggle with attention to detail
* Short attention span both at school and play
* Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
* Has difficulty finishing tasks and following through on instructions
* Lacks in organization skills; both tasks and activity oriented
* Tasks requiring sustained effort or concentration are disliked and avoided
Symptoms Checklist for Impulsivity
* Commonly interrupts others for no apparent reason
* Commonly buts in on others private conversations
* Often has difficulty waiting in line or for his/her turn
* Impulsively blurt out answers before the question is completed
Signs of Hyperactivity/Restlessness
* Often talks excessively (a common trait in females with ADHD)
* Has an endless supply of energy and is perceived as being "driven by a motor"
* Fidgeting is a common occurrence, particularly with the hands and feet
* Struggles to stay seated even though he/she may have been told to do so
* Climbs and/or runs excessively
* Quite time is for other children
* Struggles with control of emotions, even during leisure activities
How to Interpret the ADHD Checklist for Children
All of the signs do not have to be present for a confirmation of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. However, inattention is the central symptom that must be present for a confirmation of the disorder. Signs will need to be apparent in two or more situation and present substantial difficulties for the child.
In summary, ADHD is a genetically driven biologically based condition of the brain that affects up to 10% of school aged children. Many adults who have passed into adulthood perceive their childhood ADHD experience as trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. Children with this condition are generally not less intelligent than their peers; they simply tend to look at things from a different point of view. This often leads to problems in sterile inflexible environments such as a classroom setting.
Your next step? Use the guidelines above to decide whether your child could be struggling with ADHD. If the answer is "YES" then start looking for a natural ADHD treatment 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 homeopathic remedy for ADHD so you can safely and effectively treat ADHD symptoms like hyperactivity, erratic behavior, and lack of concentration without putting your child's health at risk.