ADHD

ADHD

Understanding ADHD in children

It’s hard for parents to hear that their child is causing trouble in school or won’t listen to the teacher. While there can be several reasons for this type of behavior, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one that requires professional attention.

Without treatment, kids can fall permanently behind in school. Their friendships can suffer because of poor cooperation in games and other social activities. And their self-esteem can erode due to constant reprimands for their behavior.

While ADHD primarily affects children and teens, adults can also suffer from it.

Characteristics of ADHD

Children with ADHD want to be good students, but they’re impulsive and unable to pay attention in class. Look for these common signs of this disorder...

Characteristics of ADHD Details

Unlike the normally high activity level of most children, hyperactivity is haphazard, poorly organized and not goal-directed. 

  • Difficulty organizing work and giving the impression they haven’t heard instructions
  • Easily distracted
  • Sloppy work and careless, impulsive errors
  • Frequently calling out in class
  • Difficulty waiting their turn in group situations
  • Fail to follow through on their parents’ requests
  • Unable to play games for the same length of time as other kids the same age
  • Excessive running or climbing in young children
  • Extreme restlessness and fidgety behavior in older children

The symptoms usually begin by age six to 12, are present for more than six months, and cause problems in at least two settings (i.e. school, home, recreational activities). If a person’s symptoms are primarily related to inattention, the disorder is just called Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).

Call 855-231-0502 to speak with someone about ADHD, and the services we offer.

Diagnosing ADD

According to the American Psychiatric Association, an ADD diagnosis requires six or more of the following symptoms (five symptoms are required for those 17 years and older):

Diagnosing ADD Details

According to the American Psychiatric Association, an ADD diagnosis requires six or more of the following symptoms (five symptoms are required for those 17 years and older):

  • Often fails to give close attention to detail or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, at work, or during other activities.
  • Often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities
  • Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
  • Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace
  • Often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities
  • Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort
  • Often losses things necessary for tasks or activities
  • Is often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli
  • Is often forgetful in daily activities

Diagnosing ADHD

To be diagnosed with ADHD, six or more of the following symptoms are also required (five symptoms for those 17 years and older):

Diagnosing ADHD Details

To be diagnosed with ADHD, six or more of the following symptoms are also required (five symptoms for those 17 years and older):

  • Often fidgets with or taps hands or feet or squirms
  • Often leaves seat in situations when remaining seated is expected
  • Often runs about or climbs in situations where it is inappropriate
  • Often unable to play or engage in leisure activities quietly
  • Is often “on the go,” acting as if “driven by a motor”
  • Often talks excessively
  • Often blurts out an answer before a question has been completed
  • Often has difficulty waiting his or her turn
  • Often interrupts or intrudes on others

Developing a treatment plan

If you feel you or a family member meets the criteria for ADD or ADHD, click here to find out how an Allwell clinician can help.

Developing a treatment plan Details

If you feel you or a family member meets the criteria for ADD or ADHD, your Allwell clinician can help. We will complete a comprehensive Mental Health Assessment (MHA) and develop an Individual Treatment Plan (ITP) with goals to address these symptoms during counseling sessions.

With children and teens, we will also have parents or a legal guardian and others as appropriate (i.e. teacher, coach, grandparent) complete the Vanderbilt Assessment Scale which helps us determine if ADD or ADHD is present.

If the skills learned to help reduce and/or cope with ADD/ADHD symptoms do not appear to be making improvements after at leave five counseling sessions, you and your clinician may decide a referral to our Pharmacological Management Program for possible medication treatment is needed.

Does your child shows signs of ADHD?

Ask your pediatrician or family doctor for a referral to a child psychiatrist, who can properly diagnose and treat your child. A child psychiatrist can also help you and your child’s teachers work out effective teaching methods. Contact your local Allwell Counseling Center for information or call 855-231-0502 for an appointment.

Does your child shows signs of ADHD? Details

Contact your local Allwell Counseling Center for information or call 855-231-0502 for an appointment.