ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) is a common disorder that affects 8-10 per cent of school-age children. Having ADHD impairs a child’s ability to function socially, academically, and at home. Boys are three times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with it.
ADHD is a major cause of school problems. Studies have found that students with ADHD are more likely to have persistent academic difficulties including: lower grades, higher incidence of failure, more suspensions and expulsions, increased dropout rates, and a lower rate of college attendance and completion.
There are three different types of ADHD:
- Inattentive Type is characterized by forgetfulness and the inability to concentrate, pay attention, and focus on the task at hand. Inattentive ADHD is often referred to as ADD.
- Hyperactive & Impulsive Type is characterized by acting without considering consequences, fidgeting and squirming, hyperactivity, excessive talking, and problems with interrupting and blurting out answers to questions.
- Combined Type is characterized by having a combination of the other two types.
ADHD cannot be diagnosed with laboratory tests or x-rays. The diagnosis is based on a complete evaluation of the patient performed by a person trained in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. Dr. Carr is such a person. He has been working with ADHD patients for over twenty years. He is of the opinion that although ADHD is one of the most difficult conditions to correctly diagnose, treat, and understand, it is one of the most rewarding things he does because, with proper care, he can truly change (for the better) the life of the patient and the lives of those around the patient.
If you suspect that your child has ADHD, please set up an ADHD evaluation with Dr. Carr or another qualified practitioner like Dr. Carr. Untreated ADHD is not something you want your child or yourself to have to suffer through. It will cause lifelong problems and it will not go away.
For more information on ADHD, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, visit site.