ADHD Criteria - Breaking it Down

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In this informational article titled "ADHD Criteria" we will break down this confusing and sometime misunderstood condition.

What is ADHD AD/HD?

ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is generally accepted as a problem with self regulation characterized by an inability to focus, control impulses, manage behaviors and emotions and a recurring feeling of restlessness. If you are one of the millions of men, women, and children who have been diagnosed with this condition you know how the above symptoms can get in the way of your ability to complete homework assignments, projects at work, or blend in socially.

What are the ADHD criteria for confirming a diagnosis?

To confirm the presence of ADHD all signs do not have to be present however signs of inattention must always exist for a diagnosis. Symptoms must be present in two or more situations, last for six months or longer, and must be present in two or more situations with the most common examples being at work or school. It is worth noting that an individual who is impulsive and hyperactive but does not struggle with attention will not be given a positive diagnosis.

ADHD Criteria - Types

Medical professionals distinguish among three types of ADHD, based on the relative amount of attention deficit compared to hyperactivity. In the predominately inattentive type, the individuals struggles with detail or makes sloppy mistakes, finds it challenging to attend to tasks or leisure activities, dreads tasks requiring prolonged spans of concentration, fails to follow through on instructions, is often forgetful, and is easily distracted. In the predominant impulsive type the individual fidgets or squirms when seated, leaves his or her seat at inappropriate times, is restless, blurts out answers, talks endlessly, interrupts others, and can't seem to muster the patience to wait in line. In the combined type, which is the most often diagnosed, the individual shows signs of both attention deficit and hyperactivity. The combined type is found mainly in elementary school aged boy with the inattentive variety being most common in adolescent girls.

In summary, ADHD is a problem with self regulation that is rooted in both brain chemistry and genetics. One of the things that make attention deficit hyperactivity disorder so difficult to diagnose is that no two cases are the same, due to the extreme variables both in symptoms and how those symptoms are expressed by the individual.

What next? Many of those struggling with ADHD will opt for stimulant prescription medications such as Ritalin or Adderall. While prescription drugs may alleviate the symptoms they are only putting a band-aid on a bigger issue and with potentially serious consequences. A natural, side effect free alternative worth considering is that of homeopathic remedies for ADHD. These affordable alternatives will safely and effectively treat ADHD symptoms like hyperactivity, erratic behavior, and lack of concentration. If you have been searching for a safe natural alternative homeopathy is an area of treatment worth investigating.

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This article was published on 2010/03/29