Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)




"Can my child have ADHD?"


"How can help my child succeed at school?"

You may have asked yourself these questions in regards to your child possibly having ADHD, or presenting forgetful, or hyper/impulsive behaviors. Please take the time to review the questions and the list of symptoms below, to determine if your child has ADHD and whether he or she may need a mental health evaluation. (Healthy Advice Networks)

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  Understanding ADHD - What is ADHD?
  ADHD Symptoms - Inattention
  ADHD Symptoms - Hyperactivity / Impulsivity
 

What is ADHD?
 
ADHD is attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, sitting or controlling thier impulses.
 
 
How many children have ADHD?

Estimates vary, but most studies indicate that roughly 5 percent of school-aged children have ADHD. However, some researchers estimate that up to 12 percent of children may have ADHD.

ADHD is one of the most common childhood neurobehavioral disorders.

 
 
Does ADHD affect both boys and girls?
Yes, however boys are two to three times more likely to be diagnosed with the condition than girls.

Boys typically display hyperactivity. And girls tend to daydream or show inattentiveness, which can be less noticeable.
 
 
How do I know if my child has ADHD?
For a child to be diagnosed with ADHD, he must show symptoms in at least two different settings, such as in school and at home. The symptoms must be present before age 7, must last for at least six months, and must be severe enough that they interfere with school, activities, sports or relationships.
 
 
If I have ADHD, will my child also have it?
Possibly. ADHD seems to run in families. Most children with ADHD have at least one relative with the disorder.
 
 
ADHD Symptoms Include:
 
INATTENTION
 
Does your child often:
 

not pay close attention to details or make careless mistakes in school or other activities?
   

have difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities?
   

not listen when spoken to directly?
   

not follow through on instructions and fail to complete schoolwork or chores (but not because s/he does't understand the instructions)?
   

have difficulty organizing tasks?
   

avoid or dislike tasks that require sustained mental effort (such as homework)?
   

lose things (such as toys, homework, pencils or books)?
   

become distracted?
   

forget things?
 
 
HYPERACTIVITY/IMPULSIVITY
 
Does your child often:
 

blurt out answers before questions are completed?
 

have difficulty waiting for his or her turn?
 

act as if "driven by a motor"?
 

have difficulty playing quietly?
 

talk too much?
 

leave his seat?
 

fidget?
 

interrupt or intrude on others?
 

run or climb excessively in inappropriate situations?
 
 
 
 
 
Make an appointment for an assessment and receive objective feedback.


CONTACT INFORMATION
Telephone: (770) 593-0913
Fax: (770) 808-3269
E-mail: theark@thearkfcc.com


 
 
The Ark Family Counseling Center
Ricky Homes
 
4256 Clausell Court,
Suite 300-B
Decatur, GA 30035
 
phone: (770) 593-0913
fax: (770) 808-3269
 
 
 
 
 
 

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