The symptoms of ADHD is sometimes mistaken for other conditions such as depression or epilepsy and without proper treatment can cause troubles at school, home and with peer relationships. The causes are commonly considered to be genetic but environmental and chemical causes are has been suggested as contributors too. Medications, psychotherapy and parental involvement are used in combination to treat ADHD symptoms but no cure exists.
ADHD is one of the more common disorders affecting children. Though teens and adults may also be afflicted, most public and medical attention is directed to elementary school-aged kids. Hyperactivity, impulsive actions and inattention are the main behavioral signs associated with ADHD. Though all kids display these symptoms to some degree, those with ADHD exhibit them much more often than what would generally be considered normal and to a greater extent over an extended period of time. Symptoms of a child with an inattention problem include being easily distracted, forgetful and repeatedly changing interests and activities. Concentrating is hard; the child daydreams and becomes bored quickly with a task, loses things, does not listen well and has difficulty learning. Hyperactivity, as the name implies, refers to kids who cannot sit still for very long, talk incessantly and fidget in their desks. They are perpetual motion machines. ADHD kids are also impulsive, they tend to speak-out and act-out without thinking and generally are very impatient. Though there are a variety of treatments that allow sufferers to have productive lives, no cure exists for ADHD. Medical science is making constant progress in treating the disorder. “Researchers are developing more effective treatments and interventions and using new tools such as brain imaging to better understand ADHD and to find more effective ways to treat and prevent it.” (ADHD, 2008).
ADHD can be misdiagnosed because several other conditions exhibit