Frequently Asked Question
You’ll find below some questions frequently asked by Clients, Parents Caregivers and Guidant about Adhd.
What is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?
ADHD is a mental health condition related to brain development. It causes difficulties with inattention, such as being easily distracted, and/or hyperactivity/impulsivity, such as having difficulty sitting still or frequently interrupting people. It is diagnosed when these difficulties continue over time, exist in two or more settings (such as home and school) and negatively affect how a person functions. A common school example is when a child makes simple mistakes on tests even when they know the answer because they are unable to concentrate.
What causes ADHD? Is it genetic or is it caused by different elements of a child’s surroundings?
ADHD is related to brain development, which is affected by the interaction between genetics and the environment. Although the specific causes of ADHD are not clear, both genetics and the environment likely play important roles. ADHD tends to run in families, so people with a first-degree relative that has ADHD are more likely to have it. If ADHD runs in your family, you should be aware that there is a possibility that your child will have it; however, this is not necessarily the case. It is important to remember that ADHD isn’t anyone’s fault
At what age are kids usually diagnosed?
Around preschool age, ADHD symptoms start to become clearer. It is most often picked up on by the elementary school years, as demands on attention and sitting still increase. That’s because to properly diagnose a child, it’s important to see how their behaviour compares to what is typical or appropriate for kids their age. That being said, it’s important to trust your instincts as a caregiver and to talk to your family doctor or nurse practitioner if you have concerns.
What should I do if I think my child has ADHD?
If you are worried about your child, speak with your family doctor, nurse practitioner or paediatrician about your concerns. They can do an assessment or, if needed, make a referral to another health care professional.
What are challenges of having ADHD?
ADHD can affect many parts of a person’s life. It can make it hard to do well in school, and to make and keep friends. People with ADHD also may be more likely to have other mental health concerns like depression, anxiety, or behavioural issues. That’s why it is important for people with ADHD to know how it affects their life and to get help when they need it. It’s important to be aware of and treat ADHD, because not treating it has been shown to increase a person’s risk of: accidental injury, involvement with the law, difficulties making and keeping relationships, and poor performance in school.
What can I do at home to make things easier for my child with ADHD?
It’s important to know that you are not alone! Parents often feel shame and guilt when they are told that their child has ADHD. This shouldn’t be the case because ADHD isn’t anyone’s fault and people who have it can lead full and meaningful lives. There are many supports and treatments available for people with ADHD and their families that can help you work through those feelings. Due to the fact that difficulties with ADHD are different from child to child, it is important that your child is seen by a qualified professional. That way, they can develop a treatment plan, specifically designed for your child’s needs. That treatment plan should include recommendations for parents as well.