Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, abbreviated ADHD, is a commonly diagnosed disorder in children. ADHD is distinguished from ADD by a focus on activity rather than attention. When symptoms of attention deficits are paired with hyperactivity and impulsivity, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder may be diagnosed. The attention deficits may be characterized by being easily distracted, difficulty following instructions, and a difficulty with sustained attention. ADHD also includes a poor ability to organize goal-directed activities, the shifting from one uncompleted task to another, and a failure to listen attentively to others. A child that is hyperactive and impulsive appears to always be on the go, excessively talks, is impatient, squirms or fidgets frequently, is active in inappropriate situations, and/or interrupts constantly. Therefore, a child who struggles with both attention and hyperactivity may have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
The treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder often includes behavioral therapy. However, other therapies have shown effectiveness in treatment of ADHD. Psychoeducational therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and social skills training are some that have helped children suffering with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Treatment also commonly involves prescribing medications, such as stimulants, that are intended to help children improve focus and attention span. Some children may have negative reactions and/or side effects to the medication that can be problematic. The most effective treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder may be a combination of both medication and behavioral therapy.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can create many challenges for the child and their family. The symptoms of ADHD may make it difficult for the child to adapt socially. The child may experience social awkwardness, social rejection, and other social problems. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder may also result in academic struggles for the child. Almost half of children with attention deficits fail to finish high school. Feelings of rejection and anger can develop within the ADHD child because of the consistent redirection required of them by others. In addition, the constant redirection, work, and stress associated with raising a child with attention deficits can be taxing for the family. Parents of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder children have higher divorce rates. It is highly recommended that families seek professional treatment when symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are shown by their child.
Promise Village: Home for Children works with children suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( ADHD ). Children with attention deficits, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are becoming more common. Promise Village uses opportunities in individual, group, and milieu therapy to lessen symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. They also provide psychiatric care when medications may be beneficial in treatment. The goal is always to help the child grow in ways so that the symptoms associated with ADD or ADHD are reduced or eliminated. Promise Village: Home for Children is devoted to helping these children and their families.
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