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If your child doesn’t pay attention, loses things, or can’t sit still, it may not be annoying behavior. It could be a sign of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, commonly known as ADHD.

What you need to know about ADHD

According to the Centers for Disease Control or CDC, ADHD is a common neurodevelopmental disorder often diagnosed in childhood. There are three types of ADHD, each with a different presentation:

  • Predominantly inattentive presentation, in which it’s difficult for the person to pay attention
  • Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive presentation in which it’s difficult for the person to stay still
  • Combined presentation, which involves both of the two types listed above

The signs and symptoms of ADHD

There are many signs and symptoms of ADHD which resemble normal behavior of boundary testing, independence, and other milestones. These are some of the signs and symptoms you need to pay attention to:

  • Frequent squirming and fidgeting
  • Repetitive motions like foot tapping
  • Inability to sit still
  • Inappropriate climbing or running
  • Excessive talking or blurting out
  • Difficulty focusing on details
  • Difficulty listening and following directions
  • Difficulty getting or staying organized
  • Frequently forgetting or losing things
  • Being distracted easily

How ADHD is diagnosed?

ADHD is typically diagnosed using a checklist that rates ADHD symptoms present in the individual. A history of the individual’s behavior is taken from parents, teachers, and others around the individual.

How ADHD is treated?

ADHD is treated using a combination of effective therapies, including:

  • Behavioral therapy to help minimize inappropriate behaviors and learn impulse control strategies
  • Lifestyle modifications to promote good health through a diet high in nutrients and regular exercise.
  • Medication therapy improves how the brain functions, sharpen, focus, and enhance concentration.

To learn more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of ADHD, or to schedule an appointment, call the mental health providers at Ear to Ear Behavioral Health Solutions in Chicago, IL. Call us now.