Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD, is a mental disorder that affects how you behave, think, and feel. It is characterized by problems with focus, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. One common misunderstanding about ADHD is that a child must be hyperactive. Another misunderstanding about ADHD is if your child can focus on some things, like video games or reading their favorite book, then they don’t have a focus problem. ADD is better described as an attention regulation problem, especially for things that are not intrinsically interesting or motivating to your child. We are not talking about his ability to concentrate on fun things, it’s the things like homework, getting started, and maintaining focus on it, that causes the trouble. You may have seen signs that your child was having difficulties during COVID-19 remote school. Now is the time to determine if your child is struggling with attention regulation, and learning what solutions you can provide for her.
There are three main types of ADHD: inattentive type (symptoms include being easily distracted and having trouble focusing), hyperactive-impulsive type (symptoms include being overly active and acting impulsively), and combined type (a combination of the first two types).
ADHD can also occur along with other mental health disorders, such as anxiety or depression. We often see that after many years of negative messages from teachers, peers, and others, your child may begin to show signs of anxiety or low mood. They start to feel less than, because no matter what they do, it never seems to be enough. They try, but they lose their focus, procrastinate, or forget everyday about everyday tasks and priorities.