ADHD makes it difficult to stay on top of the multiple tasks of daily life, especially complex tasks that require organization, planning, and sustained focus.
But while ADHD can be challenging, it doesn’t have to derail your life. There are many things you can do to help yourself or your child stay focused, turn chaos into calm, and manage the symptoms of distraction, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. With education, support, and a little creativity, you can learn to compensate for areas of weakness and take advantage of your many strengths and talents.
Just because a child has symptoms of inattention, impulsivity, or hyperactivity does not mean that he or she has ADHD. Certain medical conditions, psychological disorders, and stressful life events can cause symptoms that look like ADHD.
Whether or not your child’s symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are due to ADHD, they can cause many problems if left untreated. Children who can’t focus and control themselves may struggle in school, get into frequent trouble, and find it hard to get along with others or make friends. These frustrations and difficulties can lead to low self-esteem as well as friction and stress for the whole family.
But treatment can make a dramatic difference in your child’s symptoms. With the right support, your child can get on track for success in all areas of life.
If you're experiencing any of the above symptoms, please contact your medical professional or go to your nearest emergency room.