ADHD

ADHD is short for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and is sometimes known as simply ADD (however this term is no longer medically accurate). Looking after a child who has ADHD can be a very difficult task indeed. It can put lots of stress on your family and can even make it difficult for you to go out in public. This condition can cause problems for the sufferer at both home and school and so a correct and timely diagnosis is essential as there are many treatments that can help. This condition manifests itself in the sense that the sufferer finds it very hard to concentrate and is overactive; patients also tend to act without thinking. Certainly it can be said that we all express these characteristics at times, however in this condition these symptoms interfere in a large way with quality of life and make it difficult to perform everyday activities of daily living. It is important to note that children who suffer from this condition are not merely being naughty or attention seeking and it is thought that their brains work differently and so they are unable to control their behavior.

In the brain of every living human being there are chemicals known as neurotransmitters that are vital in controlling signaling and processing of our thoughts. There are two main types of neurotransmitter in the brain; one of these is called dopamine and the other is noradrenaline. These are important chemicals that help us to decide how we deal with the events occurring around us. A child who suffers from ADHD will be unable to process surrounding information in the same way that other children can. For this reason the outside world seems to be a blur with a flood of images and noise. They are unable to differentiate what things are normal and so they may become confused. They often find it very difficult to concentrate on a single task and may not be able to organize daily activities. There is nothing that you can do to prevent ADHD from occurring in your child and so you should never blame yourself if your child has it. Despite common belief, too much sugar, TV, or poor schooling does not cause ADHD. In fact we are not really sure what causes this condition, however there is certainly thought that the cause involves a combination of abnormalities in the chemistry of the brain.


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