ADHD

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Posted by: mogirl | 2011-08-08

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What are the symptoms for ADHD?

Hi, i just want to find out what are the symptoms for ADHD in a child? i have a 10 yrs old son who loves playing more than anything but when it comes to school work he is not doing well, he writes slow and he has problem with reading.

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ADHD Expert

Dear Mogirl,

A problem with school alone is not enough for a diagnosis of ADHD, neither is a difficulty expressed in writing or reading specifically - these could be attributable to a variety of causes. My suggestion would be to have your child formally assessed by an educational psychologist to determine the cause of the difficulties experienced.

For a diagnosis of ADHD the child must express significant difficulties with concentration, hyperactivity and/or impulsive behaviours in two or more separate environments. These must have been consistently present before the age of seven AND it must cause significant disturbance in his social and/or academic life.

Please note, it would be callous of me to provide a list of symptoms as we will inadvertently always find a little bit of every disorder or difficulty within everyone.

Kind regards,
Delia

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2011-08-11

Dear Mogirl,

A problem with school alone is not enough for a diagnosis of ADHD, neither is a difficulty expressed in writing or reading specifically - these could be attributable to a variety of causes. My suggestion would be to have your child formally assessed by an educational psychologist to determine the cause of the difficulties experienced.

For a diagnosis of ADHD the child must express significant difficulties with concentration, hyperactivity and/or impulsive behaviours in two or more separate environments. These must have been consistently present before the age of seven AND it must cause significant disturbance in his social and/or academic life.

Please note, it would be callous of me to provide a list of symptoms as we will inadvertently always find a little bit of every disorder or difficulty within everyone.

Kind regards,
Delia

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