Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric disorders among children. The symptoms associated with the condition often present before the age of seven years.
The condition is said to affect three to five percent of children worldwide, with about thirty percent of individuals continuing to have the symptoms into their adult hood.
Symptoms Of ADHD In Children
Symptoms of children with ADHD can be classified into three categories namely inattentive, hyperactive-impulsive and a combination of both categories. The symptomatic presentation of the child may vary depending upon the category in which he/she fits into.
Symptoms associated with inattentiveness include,
- Gets distracted very easily, forgets things, and misses the details
- Inability to focus on a particular task
- Getting bored of performing a task after a few minutes
- Day dreaming and becoming confused very easily
- Struggling to follow instructions and appearing not to listen when spoken to
Symptoms associated with hyperactive impulsive category include,
- Nonstop fidgeting or talking
- Dashing around touching or playing with anything that is in sight
- Being in constant motion and impatient
- Inability to sit still during dinner or while performing a task
- Blurt out comments with no ability to control their emotions
Positive Effects Of ADHD
Some of the features of ADHD can have positive effect on the child. Some of the positive effects of ADHD include,
- Children with ADHD are very imaginative and creative. This in a way can help them solve problems, suggest ideas or become an innovative artist. They have a unique ability to notice things that other children may not be able to appreciate
- Children having ADHD are highly flexible and would be able to explore different options and ideas later in life
- ADHD effected children with have a high degree of spontaneity and enthusiasm.
- It is important to note that when motivated, children with ADHD will be committed to succeed and it may be impossible to distract them from their goal or area of interest
Home Remedies For ADHD In Children
There are certain things that can be tried out at home to help children with ADHD in coping with their condition. The role of parental counseling can’t be underestimated. There are some simple tips,
- Parents should avoid nagging their children. Being supportive to their thoughts and activities can be very helpful. Try to motivate them in the good things that they do without undermining its importance
- Yoga and Pranayama are relaxing and meditating techniques. These techniques can help children with ADHD in focusing and concentrating on their activities
- Bitter gourd juice is considered to be beneficial in the treatment of ADHD.
- Herbal tea given about twice a day can also be beneficial for ADHD.