Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that begins in childhood and often continues into adulthood, that adversely affects behavior. ADHD affects a person in many ways, often causing impulsive behavior, hyperactivity and difficulty concentrating. Unfortunately there is no cure for ADHD, however there are treatments, including counseling, medication and behavioral therapy. Sometimes a parent may notice certain behaviors in their child, causing them to wonder whether or not their child is exhibiting symptoms of ADHD, or if their behavior is normal. If you have a child who you suspect may suffer from this condition, this guide can help you to determine when the best time is to have your child tested.
If you notice that your child is either hyperactive or impulsive, or both on a regular basis, you may want to have your child tested by a professional. Most children are hyperactive and impulsive at certain times in their lives, even if they don’t have ADHD, so you’ll definitely want to make sure that you notice a pattern before hurrying to the doctor.
Another clue that your child may need to be tested for ADHD is if he or she is having a great deal of trouble at school. This could be in the form of failing grades due to difficulty concentrating or trouble sitting still because of hyperactivity. Your child may also get constantly reprimanded at school and at home, which can sometimes be related to an underlying ADHD issue, but it could also be due to something else, which is why a professional diagnosis needs to be made.
Many children with ADHD often have trouble taking turns, following directions and remembering things. This can be difficult to differentiate between the behavior of a normal child, but if your child is showing a consistent pattern of such behavior, you should definitely have him or her tested.
If you have other children in your immediate family who suffer from ADHD, you may want to have your child tested sooner. ADHD, or other behavioral disorders sometimes run in families, making it more likely that your child will develop ADHD. At the first sign or behavioral issues or struggling, you should get your child tested immediately. Developmental and social delays may also signify ADHD, which should prompt you to seek the assistance of a professional.
Having a child with ADHD doesn’t have to be as stressful as many parents may anticipate, and the sooner you have your child tested upon noticing certain warning signs, the sooner treatment can be started, and the better off you and your child will be. Waiting too long to have your child tested can result in depression, low-self esteem, and even suicide attempts, so you should make sure to pay close attention to your child’˜s behavior.
Mayo Clinic ADHD Page – http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/adhd/DS00275
Parenting.com ADHD Article – http://www.parenting.com/article/Child/Health/When-to-Test-for-ADHD