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Is Your Child a Pain- Restless and Impulsive? Your Complete Guide to the Symptoms of ADHD!



There are 3 subtypes of ADHD:

1. Predominant hyperactive and impulsive behavior. This is when most of your child's symptoms are in the hyperactivity and impulsiveness category.

2. Predominantly inattentive behavior. This is when the majority of his symptoms are characterized by simply by inattention; hyperactivity and impulsiveness are not dominant, although they may still be present to a degree.

Children in this subtype are not as likely to overtly misbehave, act-out or have problems getting along with other kids. Even though they may sit quietly, they are not focusing or attending to what they are doing. Unfortunately, this type of child often may be overlooked; you and his teachers may not even notice that he or she has important signs of ADHD.

3. Hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive subtypes combined. Most children have this type of ADHD. In this subtype, many symptoms of both inattentive behavior and hyperactivity-impulsiveness exist simultaneously.

While there is no cure, treatment can relieve many of your child's symptoms. When treated, most ADHD patients can be successful academically and lead productive lives. Researchers are developing better treatments on an ongoing basis by using new neuro-scientific tools such as brain imaging, to better understand it.

Specifically, what are the symptoms of childhood ADHD?

Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are central to ADHD. Of course, normal children tend to be inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive sometimes, but ADHD kids, display these behaviors much more severely and frequently.

To be officially diagnosed with ADHD, your child must have been displaying symptoms for 6 or more months and to an extent that is more severe than his or her peers.

Children who have symptoms, specifically of the inattention subtype are:

- easily distracted, forget details, lose things, and often change arbitrarily from one task to another

- Having difficulty concentrating on one specific task

- Bored with a task in just a few minutes, unless they are doing something particularly enjoyable to them

- Having difficulty focusing sufficiently in order to organize, complete a task or learn something new

- Impaired in completing or turning in homework because of frequently losing or forgetting things

- Distracted or inattentive when spoken to

- Daydreamers, become easily confused and frequently move more slowly than is required to complete a task

- Frustrated when required to process information as quickly and accurately as their peers

- Frustrated when required to follow instructions.

On the other hand, children who have symptoms of hyperactivity or impulsiveness may:

- Fidget and squirm when seated

- Chatter nonstop

- Dart around incessantly, touching or playing with anything in sight

- Be frustrated when required to sit still during dinner or at school

- Appear to be constantly moving

- Have difficulty being quiet while engaged in tasks or activities.

Children who display symptoms of impulsiveness may:

- Be very restless or impatient

- Blurt out comments inappropriately, unabashedly exhibit their emotions and behave with no regard for the consequences that may follow

- Exhibit frustration and impatience while waiting for things they want or their turns in various activities or games

- Frequently interrupt others' conversations or activities.

How do you get help?

Besides counseling and medication, one way to get the help you need is through person-to-person ADHD support groups such CHADD. Another way is through self-help educational programs called Self-Therapy Kits (STKs).

Many people who are particularly private or who have severe time constraints use them. These are programs you use by yourself in the privacy of your own home. In a sense, using them is like having your own private ADHD consultant at your personal disposal.

They are educational digital programs and may include e-books, CDs, DVDs, MP3s or any combination thereof. They are inexpensive and teach you how to manage the symptoms of your child's ADHD independently.

They are particularly helpful if you have limited financial resources; they typically cost a one-time fee of anywhere from $9 to $100 or so, and the fee is only a one-time event. It is not a weekly fee you would have to pay for private counseling.

Self-Therapy Kits (STKs) are delivered in a multimedia format and can include any or all of the following: DVDs, MP3s, e-books, workbooks, videos etc. They are self-paced, inexpensive and can be used anytime in the privacy and comfort of your own home.  


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About The Author

Dr. Mike Shery is a licensed clinical psychologist and is affiliated with almost all health plans, including:  ValueOptions, Medicare, Cigna, Coventry, Cigna Behavioral Health, United Health Care, Aetna-Allied, First Health, Healthstar, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, ComPsych, Magellan Health, HFN, Tricare, Humana, most union local plans, most school district plans, Unicare, ChoiceCare, CAPP, Multiplan, Mental Health Network, Managed Health Network, United Behavioral Health, PPONext, Private Health Care Systems, Humana-Military and Beech Street .


He has practiced clinical psychology for approximately 24 years and is board certified as a specialist in professional counseling by the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy. He is the director of Affiliated Counseling and Referral Services and is a member of the American Counseling Association.


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