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Childhood ADHD Needs to be Discovered in Childhood

Studies show that many adults had ADHD when they were children. But the fact that they only discovered that they had the disease when they saw symptoms in their children shows that the illness often goes undetected.

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Childhood ADHD Needs to be Discovered in Childhood

ADHD needs to be discovered as early as possible. Basically, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) is a psychological condition where kids (and some adults) with the disease display a range of behavioral patterns. 

Hyperactivity is the most obvious of the signs of the illness. Then learning difficulties, short attention span, lack of focus and impulsivity are just a few of the other factors that make the condition so debilitating. 

The person just cannot sit still for long enough. He or she is always fidgeting. According to one sufferer, she always felt awkward and different. It was like as a child she just couldn’t fit in with the crowd. 

According to ABCNews, "ADHD affects 9 percent of children younger than 18 and about 4.1 percent of American adults, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with the condition as girls but after adolescence, males and females are diagnosed in equal numbers."

As adults many people with full-blown ADHD cannot carry on working in a career and they also have issues with near and dear ones. But whereas kids are often highly unruly and just plain bratty, by the time they reach adulthood many of them lose their symptoms. 

It is said that on a neurological level the brain of a normal person and that of a sufferer will differ. The brain of a person who has no issues undergoes a synaptic pruning at a time when he enters adulthood. 

But the brain of an ADHD patient takes three year longer for the maturational changes to take place. And then there are some for whom there is simply no relief from the cognitive overload. They are literally stuck with the disease for life. 

However, palliative methods do exist. The number one among them is drugs. These are stimulants that make concentration possible and ease some of the mental chaos and brain fog that is otherwise the norm. 

It appears that the ADHD patient’s brain just doesn’t match the brain of a normal human being. Once the diagnosis is made, most patients heave a sigh of relief. Their children will be better off since they will get diagnosed earlier rather than be ignored as their parents were. 

 

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