Signs & Symptoms of ADHD
Many people are unaware of the fact that adult and child ADHD have different symptoms. While many are similar, there are just as many or more that are different. This is especially important to remember when trying to diagnose a family member or self-diagnose without a professional opinion. Let’s take a look at some of the primary symptoms of ADHD patients.
- Inattention to detail
- Careless Mistakes
- Difficulty listening
- Inability to finish tasks
- Trouble Organizing
- Loses Things Easily
- Frequent Fidgeting
- Unable to remain seated
- Difficulty with leisure activities
- Feeling of being on the go
- Excessive Talking
- Blurting answers
- Unable to wait
- Interruption of conversation
Visit a doctor if you have any of the symptoms mentioned above lasting longer than six months. Your doctor may be able to prescribe you medication or recommend other treatments.
Remember that, while these symptoms can be telling of a family member with ADHD there are also myths that can be misinterpreted for signs and symptoms of ADHD. Let’s take a look at some of these myths to determine fact vs. fiction.
Myths of ADHD
- All patients are hyperactive. While most children with ADHD do suffer, at least partially from hyperactivity, much of this hyperactivity can be attributed to the natural activities of childhood. This should not be the primary cause of diagnosis.
- Boys and girls have different symptoms. This is not true. Boys and girls exhibit the same symptoms usually.
- Symptoms are only seen in children. As we have learned above, adults also exhibit symptoms of ADHD.
- ADHD Symptoms are connected to ADHD alone. Many times, those who show signs of ADHD also show signs of other neurological disorders.
- Symptoms can be halted or slowed with discipline. This is not the case. Discipline hardly has anything to do with how much the symptoms manifest themselves.
Now that we know a little more about ADHD we should try to determine some of its root causes so that we can detect and treat early. Unfortunately, many cases of ADHD have been linked to smoking or drug use in birth mothers, during pregnancy, as well as exposure to hazardous chemicals or other toxins. Additionally, children exposed to these same chemicals and toxins at an early age, have a higher risk of developing the symptoms and signs often associated with ADHD. Food additives and genetics have also been linked to ADHD symptoms; however, thorough research is still underway.
Help for Patients with ADHD
Nowadays there are apps for just about everything, including treatments for ADHD. Take a look at udotherest.com to find apps to help with the following:
- Get Organized
- Manage Time
- Making Things a Priority
- Creating Memos and Notes
- Limiting Interruptions
There are also a number of both over the counter and prescription drugs that can be used to “treat” ADHD. However, these drugs come with various negative side-effects and should be taken with extreme caution. There are other, more effective, alternative ways to treat ADHD which should be seriously considered. Consult with Dr. Reynolds for medication free treatment options and a more comprehensive screening. Because of the many negative side-effects that can be experienced, many patients visit The Reynolds Clinic as a last resort. Among these prescription drugs are found:
- Strattera (Primarily Used to Treat Adults)
- Quillivant XR (Safe for Adolescents and Adults)
Work with your primary care physician to determine which medication would work best for your child. Some react better to stimulants, while others to anti-stimulants.
Drugs that are prescribed for young children include:
Always be aware of the side-effects that can take place with any prescription or over-the-counter medication, especially when administering medication to young children. Not only could their symptoms be worsened, they could also be closer together. Be sure to thoroughly study out all of the options given to you by your doctor before you choose one for your child/teenager.
Also, keep in mind that antidepressants have not been approved by the FDA to treat ADHD and they generally do not work as well as stimulants. Be aware that antidepressants have also been found to increase suicidal thoughts and tendencies in children already suffering from psychological issues.
If you choose to diagnose yourself, or your child, keep in mind that there are actually a few symptoms that can be misinterpreted. Be sure you do not mistake a child with ADHD for one that is studious, shy, and quiet. All types of ADHD can be missed because the symptoms and signs can be parallel to other disorders.
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