ADHD. What is it, really? – Part 2/3

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After explaining ADD, it is a good idea to follow through with the hyperactive-impulsive disorder and the famous ADHD.

Hyperactive-impulsive disorder is more common in boys than in girls and since the behaviour is usually very visible, it is easier to diagnose than ADD. Here the child would find it difficult to sit in one place for a long time without moving, fidgeting or running around. The child would often have difficulty playing quietly and is mostly on the go (as if driven by a motor). Excessive talking is also common. It is also likely for the child to blurt out answers before questions have been completed and for the youngster to have difficulty awaiting their turn when playing with others. Like in ADD, not all symptoms need to be present for the child to be diagnosed with hyperactive-impulsive disorder.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (also known as ADHD or the combined type) is the most common subtype and is basically a combined type of ADD and Hyperactive-impulsive disorder where the child experiences both attention problems and hyperactivity-impulsive problems.

Though it may be easy to say that a child has ADHD after reading these, it is important to always consult a professional for a proper diagnosis, as labeling a child can only be harmful.

Different types of treatments for ADHD will be explained in the next blog.

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