Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can appear in many different ways in children. Find out what to look for if you think your child may have symptoms of this disability.
ADHD refers to Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is a condition that affects brain development and brain activity. There are two types of categories within ADHD: inattention (forgetfulness, distractibility, difficulty paying attention, etc.) and hyperactive-impulsive (shouting out, moving around, grabbing things, etc.). Children with ADHD can display behaviors from one or both types of symptoms. ADHD does not look the same in every child. In fact, girls and boys usually show different types of behaviors related to ADHD.
A young child with some or all of these behaviors does not necessarily have ADHD. ADHD must be diagnosed by a medical or mental health professional, so reach out to your child’s pediatrician if you have concerns about this.
There are treatments for ADHD in young children – behavioral therapy, coaching, medication management, and social support. Consult with your child’s pediatrician to determine the best treatment to meet your child’s needs.