Children With ADHD
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects numerous children worldwide. However, because some of the symptoms of ADHD can relic typical childhood behavior, it can be difficult to know when it is time to seek professional help. In this blog post, we will discuss the differences between ADHD, and typical behavior in children.
One notable factor in children with ADHD is that they may really struggle to pay attention. Children with ADHD struggle to focus on tasks, especially for an extended period of time. They may appear easily distracted or forgetful, and have trouble completing homework or chores. In contrast, typical behavior in children may involve occasional distractions or forgetfulness, but they are generally able to concentrate on tasks when they need to.
Hyperactivity is another common symptom of ADHD, and children with this disorder may appear to be constantly moving. They may have trouble sitting still, fidget frequently, and seem to be in constant motion. On the other hand, typical behavior in children often involves occasional restlessness or a desire to move around, but they are generally able to sit still when necessary. It is also important to note that some children with ADHD may exhibit symptoms that are primarily inattentive, and they may not appear to be overly hyperactive.
Children with ADHD may also struggle with impulsive behavior, such as interrupting others or blurting out inappropriate comments. They may have difficulty waiting their turn or following rules. In contrast, typical behavior in children involves occasional impulsivity, but they are generally able to control their behavior and follow social norms.
Additionally, children with ADHD often struggle with organizing and planning tasks. They may forget important deadlines or appointments, and have difficulty keeping track of their belongings. Typical behavior in children may involve occasional disorganization, but they are generally able to plan and organize their time and belongings effectively.
Lastly, children with ADHD may have difficulty regulating their emotions, and may experience intense emotional outbursts. They may have trouble controlling their temper, and may be easily frustrated or upset. Typical behavior in children involves occasional emotional outbursts, but they are generally able to regulate their emotions and cope with their feelings in a healthy way.
If you are concerned that your child may have ADHD, it is important to seek the help of a professional. At Brightside Behavioral Health, our team can evaluate your child's symptoms and help determine if ADHD is the underlying cause. With proper diagnosis and treatment, children with ADHD can thrive and succeed in school and in life.
Brightside Behavioral Health has three convenient locations in Rhode Island for diagnosing and treating children ADHD symptoms.