How to Know if Your Child Suffers From Attention Deficit

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a syndrome of our era with a significant incidence among the generation or digital natives.
How to Know if Your Child Suffers From Attention Deficit
Nelton Ramos

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Last update: 27 December, 2022

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a syndrome of our era with a significant incidence among the “multitasking’ generation, or digital natives. That’s to say, in modern times, this neurobiological condition was determined and diagnosed, which prevents the development of the child in terms of what’s considered typical by the majority.

Distracted, forgetful, withdrawn, slow, hyperactive, and impulsive are some of the labels used to refer to kids with this disorder.

However, once these labels are overcome, we understand that it’s a different way of understanding the world and no more no less than any other way.

A higher incidence of this condition is detected in boys than in girls. It shows up regularly in males and tends to last throughout life. Hereditary and environmental factors affect its appearance.

Parents, guardians, and teachers of a child with attention difficulties have the responsibility of going to specialists in the matter, as these professionals will evaluate the child and determine whether or not they have this syndrome. In the following article, we’ll simply give you some signs that will help you first to recognize the syndrome and get to know it a little more.

The last word is up to the specialist.

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Attention deficit or hyperactivity?

ADHD is a neurobiological diffusion that causes immaturity of the motor and attention aspects in children and that produces mild to severe problems of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Attention deficit is registered in the APA (American Psychiatric Association) classification of mental disorders and is diagnosed during the school years before 12 years of age. About 7% of the school population suffers from it.

There are variations of the disorder: Attentional efficacy or hyperactivity. Parents must be attentive to the child’s learning and social development and whether their withdrawn or dispersed behavior affects more than two aspects of life: School, social, or family life. In addition, the child must be evaluated to rule out that the disorder is generated by a medical condition.

How do you know if your child suffers from attention deficit?

Diagnostic work is done by an Attention Defecit Hyperactivity Disorder specialist so that misdiagnosis doesn’t take place, as is often the case. However, there are attitudes that make it easier for parents to detect a problem in the behavior of their children and, as is known, early detention is important so that treatments are more effective and can cause well-being in the child with attention deficit, with the sole purpose of developing their abilities with happiness and freedom.

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  • Has trouble tending to details.
  • They’re often absent and self-absorbed.
  • They have difficulty identifying what’s relevant in a scene or situation.
  • They’re impulsive in their reactions or responses. They don’t think when giving them and generally act on impulse rather than reason.
  • They lose track of tasks or activities. They’re easily distracted. They’re not constant and change tasks without having finished the previous one.
  • Children with impaired attention or hyperactivity have social and school difficulties.
  • Teachers generally rate these children as lazy and grade them poorly in some subjects. This in turn affects the family relationship, as the parents see the child based on the teacher’s judgment.
  • It’s difficult for them to be still and they’re constantly on the move. They’re always attracting attention for their behavior.
  • They talk a lot.
  • They lose objects.

If your child has more than five of these behaviors and they begin to affect their school performance or social development, go to a specialist to carry out tests and studies to determine if it’s attention deficit.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.