Attention Defecit Disorder
Signs and Symptoms
1. Frequent inability to pay attention.
2. Difficulty focusing on work.
3. Making careless mistakes or having difficulty following instructions.
5. Talking too much and interrupting others frequently.
6. Hyperactivity, in some cases, restless movements and running about in otherwise quite situations.
What to do now
1.If you suspect that your child have ADD, find a skilled specialist and get a thorough evaluation. Child psychiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, and pediatricians work with ADD.
2. If a doctor says your child has ADD- particularly if methylphenidate or another drug is prescribed or if the doctor does not specialize in childhood psychiatric disorders, ask the doctor whether any other alternative is possible, or you may want to go to another doctor.
3. Know your child: Learn about his or her patterns and habits, strengths and weaknesses. Some children with ADD do best with lots of planned activity and minimal distractions, while others need lots of activity and do poorly if their environments is too controlled.
4. Educate yourself and your child about the disorder.
5. Try not to punish your child for behavior he or she can’t control.
When to call a doctor
1. If you or your child show symptoms of ADD that interfere significantly with daily life and work or school.