Monday, August 22, 2011

Impulsive, inattentive and hyperactive. All three words can be used to describe almost all children and adolescents at some point. But if your child is displaying these characteristics consistently, he may be suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, affects an estimated 3 to 7 percent of school-aged children. ADHD refers to a group of symptoms that begin in early childhood and can continue into adulthood.

ADHD symptoms include inattention, impulsiveness and hyperactivity. The exact cause is not clear. However, it is known that chemical imbalances in the brain affect temperament and behavior.

ADHD is usually diagnosed when a child is six to 12 years of age. Children in this age group are diagnosed because ADHD symptoms become more noticeable in a school setting.

Although there is no cure for ADHD, treatment can help control symptoms. Stimulant medications are the most effective treatment for controlling symptoms in children. Antidepressant medications may help control ADHD symptoms if stimulant medications are not effective. In addition to medication, some people respond to behavior modification training.

Diagnosing ADHD early allows for a more successful intervention and outcome.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.