ADHD Symptoms - Why Signs of ADHD Are a Cry for Help
It's not surprising that ADHD symptoms are usually noticed first by the parent. Although you may witness certain behaviours and be tempted to ignore them, rather than sticking your head in the sand, get your child help. Acting quickly to alleviate the symptoms make for a better prognosis in the long run and means your serving your child's best interests. In this article, you'll learn what psychologists look for in diagnosing this disorder and how you can help your child eradicate the symptoms without drugs.
Psychologists use a manual called the DSM IV (Diagnostic Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders) to diagnose ADHD. Although the name of this manual sounds scary, if your child does in fact have ADHD, there are many treatment methods that can help. For parents who prefer natural methods, holistic medicines have proven very effective in reversing symptoms and giving kids a normal life.
Signs of ADHD
For a child to be diagnosed with ADHD, he must exhibit six of the following symptoms for a period of at least six months:
- Has problems attending to details, makes careless mistakes
- Struggles with focusing on the task at hand
- Seems unable to listen with some regularity
- Has difficulty following instructions or completing tasks
- Seems unable to organize activities
- Has great difficulty with tasks that require extended concentrated effort
- Loses things that are needed to complete a task
- Is easily distracted
- Tends to be forgetful
- Fidgets when supposed to sit still
- Gets up from his seat when staying seated is appropriate
- Runs or climbs when it is not appropriate to do so
- Has problems playing quietly
- Is always on the go
- Excessive talking
- Blurts out answers
- Has problems when asked to wait his turn
- Is intrusive; frequently interrupts
While it is necessary to get a diagnosis from a professional, as your child's caretaker, you will recognize right away if he regularly exhibits at least six of these ADHD symptoms. It is important to get a conclusive diagnosis, however, while you are arranging for this to happen, you can administer natural treatments to your child.
Look at it this way: if your child is acting in the ways described above, then he is struggling in school and alienating himself from the teacher and his peers. Although it may seem to others than his behaviour is intentional, he is crying out for help. Think about how painful it is for your child to go to school every day, with the sense that other kids don't like him and failing to understand why no matter what he does, it seems like he always gets in trouble. On top of everything else, the emotional pain your child is experiencing can further disrupt his ability to learn.
In conclusion, natural remedies can help. First, they provide the brain with the nutrients it needs to function optimally and to promote a calm and focused attention. These supplements work to restore the health of the entire nervous system, soothing hyperactive nerves and reducing impulsivity, while promoting a positive outlook. Second, they are not addictive and do not have harmful side-effects.
As you give your child these supplements and his brain begins to heal, you will be delighted to see an increased ability to listen, complete tasks and get along with others. Of course, before giving your child any supplement, natural or otherwise, be sure to do your research.
About the author: Laura Ramirez is a passionate researcher of natural remedies for ADHD and other health issues. Read more about her research by going to www.treating-adhd-naturally.com She is also the author of an award-winning parenting book.