ADHD Hyperactivity, Impulsivity And Inattention - What Parents Should Know

For the vast majority of parents ADHD hyperactivity is the one problematic symptom that they desperately want answers for. While hyperactive behavior can really prove taxing both on the family and in the classroom environment, it is important for both educators and parents to understand that the ADHD has no control over this symptom of their disorder. The hyperactivity is not voluntary and is most definitely not the result of bad behavior. According to a number of studies it would appear that the hyperactivity associated with kids with ADHD is caused through an imbalance of neurotransmitters within the brain. These neurotransmitters are norepinephrine and dopamine. When the imbalance of these chemicals is addressed and balance restored, the symptoms of ADHD are curtailed and sometimes totally eradicated.

Although there is a tendency to think that ADHD hyperactivity is something that affects only children, this is in fact erroneous. There are adults with ADHD as well but the hyperactive component tends to morph into more subtle forms. 

Whether this happens independently of the person or whether it is because they learn to adjust to the symptoms of the disorder has yet to be determined. What is known is that, if left untreated, the ADHD child will continue to suffer the symptoms of the disorder but they will also learn to cope with them. That being said, treatment should never be neglected, because ADHD has very profound effects on a child's life, which continue through adolescence and into adulthood.

Kids with ADHD hyperactive/impulsive type seem to be on the go all the time. They seem to never run out of steam! Parents often marvel at the fact that their child is constantly on the go even though they do not sleep as much as a child of their age should. What must be remembered is that even though the child (or adult) may want to stop moving around, they are simply incapable of doing so. As a result they continue to move around, fidget, and battle restlessness.

Children younger than six or seven are often described as having ants in their pants because they cannot remain still for long. Although they may learn to cope with this symptom they will still squirm and fidget a lot. When it comes to girls (and women), the restless hyperactive behavior can translate into incessant talking as a means of releasing the energy within. Very often the subject matter chops and changes randomly.

It is important for any parent who suspects that their child's apparently boundless energy be considered as possibly indicative of ADHD. To determine whether your child has ADHD you will need to have them thoroughly evaluated by a trained mental health expert. After extensive observation and a complete physical examination, the expert will render their diagnosis. You, as the parent, will then need to decide on the best course of action as far as treatment goes. While it is true that the child's doctor will more than likely recommend stimulant medications like Ritalin, you need to beware of the dangers surrounding these drugs. You should also arm yourself with relevant information regarding alternative treatments. Even if your child's doctor dismisses alternative treatments as inconsequential remember that in some parts of the world, ADHD medications are only ever considered as a last resort once all other possible treatments have been tried.

Article Source: V K Rajagopalan

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