Challenges of Children with ADHD
I was once working in a big not for profit clinic under the medical home set up where most medical services are housed into one clinic. Patients are served in all of their medical needs in one place so they don’t have to look for other services elsewhere. This was the place where I have found out the real challenges of children with ADHD.
Children and adults are provided services whether they have insurance or not. In my entire time over there, I have seen an increasing number of kids treated with all sort of behavioral disorders, and one is ADHD.
What came so surprising to me was that there were more and more children and few adults diagnosed with ADHD. Even as young as 7 years old, they are already managed with medications.
Yes, it looks like medication is the only way to control the behavior of these children. Parents have a harder time coping up on a child with attention problems. Few parents could abuse their kids for they do not know how to handle them and don’t understand the behavior. So to them, medications are a blessing.
Often, parents are also under medications due to contributing factors brought about by taking care of a problem child. Anxiety, depression, and desperation will overcome their emotions.
Scientists are not sure what causes ADHD, although many studies suggest that genes play a large role. Like many other illnesses, ADHD probably results from a combination of factors. In addition to genetics, researchers are looking at possible environmental factors. They are also studying how brain injuries, nutrition, and the social environment might contribute to ADHD.
Could it be Genes?
Genes are the “blueprints” for who we are that we inherited from our parents and grandparents. Many studies done internationally had found an association of AHD and twins. ?In their studies, they are now looking into several genes that make people more likely to develop ADHD. It might take a decade more to decode the ADHD gene involved.
How about Effects from the Environment?
There has been a potential link found out by researchers that smoking cigarettes and drinking alcoholic beverages during pregnancy predisposes mothers to have children with ADHD. It was also found out that children who are living in dilapidated housing environments and buildings with plumbing fixtures and paint with high levels of leads are also at high risk.
Can Brain Injury Cause ADHD?
A very small percentage of children who suffered a certain form of traumatic brain injury exhibits some behaviors similar to ADHD but it is hard to prove if it is a true form of ADHD or because of traumatic brain injury.
Can Sugar Be a Contributing Factor?
Research has not proven yet if refined white sugar can cause symptoms of ADHD.
“Children mature at different rates and have different personalities, temperaments, and energy levels. Most children get distracted, act impulsively, and struggle to concentrate at one time or another. Sometimes, these normal factors may be mistaken for ADHD.
ADHD symptoms usually appear early in life, often between the ages of 3 and 6. Since symptoms vary from person to person, the disorder can be hard to diagnose. Parents may first notice that their child loses interest in things sooner than other children?or seems constantly “unfocused” or “out of control.” Often, teachers notice the symptoms first, when a child has trouble following rules, or frequently “spaces out” in the classroom or on the playground.
No single test can diagnose a child as having ADHD. Instead, a licensed health professional needs to gather information about the child and his or her behavior and environment”.
- Treatments include medication, various types of psychotherapy, education, and training, or a combination of treatments.
- ADHD currently has no cure, but there are effective treatments for both children and adults with ADHD.
- Costs associated with childhood ADHD have been conservatively estimated at $38 billion or more, annually, states the CDC.
- About 1 in 10 children in the United States, 4-17 years of age, have been diagnosed with ADHD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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