The first signs of ADD often go unnoticed.
They can take days or weeks to manifest, but if you have an older child, your child’s symptoms are more apparent.
Here are six signs that your child might have ADHD.
When you notice your child doesn’t seem to get enough sleep or is lethargic.
In early childhood, your toddler might not be getting enough sleep, and they may be having trouble getting into the zone.
The first sign of ADHD is a decrease in energy, especially if you see them getting restless or acting more irritable.
You may notice them skipping school and going outside more often.
Your child might also not be sleeping enough.
A study found that children who sleep poorly were four times more likely to have ADHD, while children who slept well were six times more similar to children with ADHD.
The symptoms of ADHD vary widely from child to child.
For example, the symptoms can be mild, such as having difficulty sleeping or concentrating, or severe, such like having difficulty staying focused.
For some, the problems might be worse than in the first place.
In other cases, symptoms can persist even after they’ve been diagnosed.
This means your child may be a good candidate for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
It is often difficult to diagnose ADHD, especially in preschoolers.
When your child gets too anxious.
A child with ADHD often gets restless or irritable and may start to become aggressive or even violent.
This is one of the most common symptoms of the disorder, and it can be difficult to identify the cause of their problems.
The disorder often goes untreated for years, especially for children with mild symptoms, because it can take years to recognize symptoms, research suggests.
When they stop doing activities.
Some children with ADD are less interested in school or social interaction.
They may not be interested in the things that make a person happy.
They are more likely than others to skip out on activities that they enjoy and may not even bother doing things like sports or doing homework.
It’s common for children to go weeks without going to school, and their behavior changes even though they are learning to do schoolwork.
This may be because they’re anxious, they’re not interested in learning or they simply have a poor self-esteem.
For children with severe ADHD, the diagnosis is more difficult because they are more prone to aggression.
When their behavior gets out of control.
If you notice a child with severe ADD is acting out, or engaging in dangerous behaviors, or acting out in other ways, this is a sign that you should call your doctor.
If your child continues to be a problem, you may need to intervene.
You might want to ask your child to do more homework, or take a behavioral test to see if your child is getting more trouble in school.
If they get into trouble at home, it’s a good idea to keep them home and isolate them.
When parents notice their child’s behavior changes.
Parents can tell when a child is developing behavior problems by the changes in behavior that they notice in their child.
Some children develop problems in the classroom and at home.
Others will skip school.
Your pediatrician may suggest that you check your child at least once a week.
Some parents may also find it helpful to monitor their child for signs of hyperactivity or aggression.
When other kids see your child doing things they’re too embarrassed to tell you about.
When a child’s behaviors are not being taken seriously, they may start showing signs of ADHD.
For many kids, this can be hard to notice, and the diagnosis may not come until years later.
Your kids might feel uncomfortable telling you about their behavior.
But it’s important to be open and honest with them about any changes in their behavior that might be troubling to you.
When it comes to the diagnosis, your doctor will be able to tell what to do about the behavior.
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