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Understanding ADHD: A Guide for Parents

Many parents find themselves wondering, "Does my child have ADHD?" Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder that affects millions of children worldwide. It can manifest in a variety of ways, and understanding the signs and symptoms can be crucial in getting your child the support they need.

What is ADHD?

ADHD is characterized by difficulties with focus, attention, and impulsivity. Children with ADHD may struggle to stay seated in class, become easily distracted, or have trouble completing tasks. They may also exhibit hyperactivity, fidgeting constantly or having an excess of energy.

Types of ADHD:

There are three main presentations of ADHD:

  • Predominantly Inattentive Presentation: These children primarily experience challenges with focus and attention.

  • Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation: These children primarily struggle with hyperactivity and impulsivity.

  • Combined Presentation: This presentation includes symptoms from both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive presentations.

Signs to Watch For:

While every child develops at their own pace, here are some common signs of ADHD to keep in mind:

  • Inattentiveness: Easily distracted, forgets instructions often, loses belongings frequently.

  • Hyperactivity: Fidgets constantly, talks excessively, has difficulty staying seated.

  • Impulsivity: Acts without thinking, blurts out answers in class, interrupts others.

  • Organizational Difficulties: Difficulty planning and managing time, messy workspace.

It's important to note that these are just general guidelines. If you are concerned about your child's development, the best course of action is to consult with a healthcare professional or a child psychologist who can conduct a comprehensive evaluation.

How Can We Help?

At Lotus Psychotherapy, we understand the challenges that ADHD can present for both children and families. We offer a variety of services to support children with ADHD, including:

  • ADHD evaluations

  • Individual therapy

  • Parent training and support groups

  • Collaboration with teachers and other professionals

By working together, we can help your child develop coping mechanisms, improve their focus and attention, and thrive in school and life.

Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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