What To Do If I Think My Child Has ADHD

How do I know what to do if I think my child has ADHD?

As a parent, if you are wondering what to do if I think my child has ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) or if it has been suggested by school personnel, consider these facts.
  • Is the child struggling with constant boredom or the ability to stay focused on a task?
  • Does the child have trouble controlling impulsive behavior?
  • Does the child have nervous restlessness or the inability to sit still for very long?
Determine when these signs are exhibited during the course of the day, evening, or night. The ADHD child has these issues not only at school or at home, but also elsewhere such as extra-curricular activities or during neighborhood playtime. Forming a time frame at what age these symptoms began to show up alerts the parent to the possibilities that their child may indeed have ADHD. An ADHD child starts exhibiting many of these symptoms before the age of seven.

Seeing a licensed therapist that specializes in ADD/ADHD is the next step if the parent notices all the signs mentioned above. The therapist may require a visit to the family physician first, where the doctor will ask questions and run some routine tests to rule out any underlying illness that masks the same symptoms of ADHD. Once the family physician rules out any physical or other neurological problems, the therapist will run other tests and conduct interviews with the child and the parents. Sometimes, what passes as ADD/ADHD is more a family structure problem than a bona fide disorder. It is vital to be sure which case it is. If the issue is one of a family problem, pursuing family intervention will prove to be the best alternative for everyone in the long run. If the child is truly ADD/ADHD, the doctor’s office will have all the information needed for diet changes, medication treatment, and other therapies that are available for parents who have a child diagnosed with ADHD. There are treatment options for every budget, including governmental children’s health programs for those families in economic difficulty.

Regardless of the diagnostic results, the family, as a whole, will need a strong support system for a long time. This support can be found in extended family members, friends, the medical team treating the child, support groups, the school system, and a good church. Find a church that has a strong children’s program and truly has a heart for all children. These church programs not only work with the ADHD child, but also provide much needed support for the other siblings as well. Do not believe that you are alone, need to suffer alone, or that no one will help. Reach out and allow others to help through this difficult time.

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