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Does your child have ADHD?

Updated: May 8


A teacher at a school desk working with her young student
Sometimes behaviors attributed to growing pains persist

 


Anyone with children naturally wants the best for them. We hear them say their first words, watch them take their first steps, and then proudly experience their tremendous growth over what seems like a very short period of time. But sometimes, behaviors that we chalk up to growing pains, seem to continue longer than they should. One possibility, that parents have become increasingly more aware of is ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). This neurodevelopmental disorder can affect a child's ability to focus, control impulses, and regulate their energy levels. What symptoms should a parent or caregiver look for and how can you get help?


Symptoms in Children (Ages 6-12):


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ADHD symptoms present themselves differently in children

Inattention: Struggling to maintain focus, daydreaming, careless mistakes in schoolwork, and difficulty following instructions.


Hyperactivity: Excessive restlessness, fidgeting, and staying seated, especially in situations that require sustained effort.


Impulsivity: Blurting out answers in class, interrupting others, and acting without considering consequences.


Symptoms in Adolescents (Ages 12-18):


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You may see heightened ADHD symptoms in older children, facing different challenges

Inattention: As older children face higher academic demands, they may struggle with organizing tasks, completing assignments, and staying focused in class or during study periods.


Hyperactivity: Signs of restlessness may shift to tapping their feet or continually shifting positions, especially if concentration or focus is needed.

 

Impulsivity: You may see risky behavior in your teen, like speeding and signs that they are experimenting with alcohol or substances.


If you notice these persistent patterns in your child and find that they negatively impact school work, relationships, and your family dynamic, it is important to seek guidance.  A good place to start is your child’s pediatrician. If your pediatrician suspects ADHD, they may refer you to a mental health specialist or developmental pediatrician for an evaluation.

While there's no cure for ADHD, early diagnosis and intervention will significantly improve outcomes for children and their families. Treatment plans may include medication to reduce hyperactivity and focus, along with behavioral therapy to improve self-control and strategies to manage symptoms more effectively.


Lifecare Wellness Counseling leverages state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to deliver ADHD testing in Tuscaloosa. Their therapists have a depth of experience in identifying ADHD markers and using behavioral therapy to develop individualized coping strategies for their patients.


Recognizing the signs of ADHD allows parents to seek a professional opinion and if diagnosed, help their child manage ADHD to reach their full potential.  With 13% of Alabama youth diagnosed with ADHD, you're not alone on this journey—reach out to healthcare professionals, educators, and support groups for guidance and assistance along the way.

 

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