ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) are similar in most ways however, with ADHD the child has hyperactivity and ADD they do not.
Signs of ADD include:
· Careless/messy work
· Lacking attention to detail
· Not thinking things thoroughly
· Daydreaming/mind wondering, not paying attention
· Avoiding tasks that require thought or attention
· Losing interest in subject mid-conversations
· Difficulty following along in a conversation or following instructions
Signs of ADHD contain most of what is listed for ADD but also include:
· Feeling restless
· Often fidgeting with hands or feet
· Squirming while sitting
· Leaving a seat in situations where sitting is appropriate
· Running or climbing when proper behavior is expected
· Difficulty waiting lines, or waiting their turn or taking turns
· Blurts out answers before the entire question is read
· Tantrums to get their own way
What causes ADD or ADHD?
Unfortunately, the cause is unknown right now. Some research believes that it may be passed down through genes. Other research shows it may be caused by the part of the brain that is responsible for attention and movement. Yet other research has suggested that it is linked to abnormalities in areas of the brain that control attention. Some latest studies show that there may be structural changes in areas which control impulsive behavior
Treating ADD or ADHD
Behavior Therapy – this is useful it helping the child understand how to react and recognize what to do in certain situations. Also helps them know what they can do to avoid certain situations and problems. This therapy is very helpful when combined with other treatments. The child may have other issues aside from ADD or ADHD and treating those issues, such as a learning disability, can also improve your child’s ADD or ADHD symptoms.