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FAQs on ADD and AHDH

What is ADD/AHDH?

ADD is Attention Deficit Disorder, while AHDH is ADD with hyperactivity. These are neurological disorders, and the actions resulting from these disorders are not instances of wilful disobedience. Children with these disorders need to be brought up with extra care and attention. They have difficulty following rules and regulations, and are unable to complete school work. Such children tend to be extremely disorganised. They cannot keep track of time. They tend to constantly misplace their things and to be generally scatterbrained. Children with ADD tend to be shy, while those with AHDH are hyperactive and tend to throw violent temper tantrums. 

My child is a scatterbrain! Does he have ADD of AHDH?

If your child seems to be a bit of a scatterbrain or/and has a bad temper, don't jump to the conclusion that he has this disorder. Only when his symptoms seem to be extreme, need you be concerned. In any case, it is best that you consult a child psychologist for a diagnosis if you feel that your child could be suffering from either of these problems. Other disorders (sleep disorders, autism, hearing disorders) could be confused with ADD.

Does this mean that my child will be poor in studies?

Yes, in all likelihood children with ADD or AHDH tend to be poor students. Some children may require special education aids. This may not be easy to arrange with schools as a lot of institutions do not recognise this disorder. However, you should definitely have a talk with your child's teacher. The teacher could perhaps accordingly schedule homework for the child. Remember, children with ADD or AHDH are just as intelligent as the next child. However, they may often feel overwhelmed with the workload and may have problems proceeding. 

Are children with ADD 'stupid'?

Definitely not! Nevertheless, they do tend to find schoolwork more of a struggle than most other children. If they have difficulty comprehending a new subject, they may feel hesitant to ask a teacher to explain something again. So if you as a parent go through their schoolwork with them, it would help tremendously. 

How can your child's teacher help?

If your child has been diagnosed with AHDH, speak to his teacher. Children with AHDH have difficulty sitting in one place for extended periods of time. Thus, in between class periods, the teacher could perhaps have all the children stretch for two minutes. She should also praise your child every time he fares well or does something right. She could call upon him to read aloud from a textbook every once in a while. 

What will a child with AHDH be like in the classroom?

A child suffering from AHDH is relatively easier to spot than one suffering from ADD. He will probably be one of the most boisterous children in the class. He will be constantly forgetting to complete his homework. He will also keep forgetting books, pens and pencils at home. He would be poor in studies and would be aggressive - a true 'fighter cock'! A child suffering from ADD would be a loner, shy and would have low self-esteem.

Is ADD/AHDH more common in boys?

There was a time when this was thought to be the case, but now it has been found that these disorders are just as common in girls. In fact, as these disorders are recently coming to light, a lot of adults have also been diagnosed as having ADD/AHDH. They may lead perfectly normal lives, be happily married, have children, but every once in a while suffer an incomprehensible breakdown - as if they are losing control. Sometimes events seem to overwhelm them, and they don't know how to cope. 

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Ritesh.2 years ago
Excellent compilation of FAQs about ADD. I currently am looking for such info on it as we have a child with ADD at home. Great place to look for info.
.5 years ago
my child is 3years old main problem with him is he is not understanding what we say,not yet started talking, so he is not in a position to communicate his problem.he takes only semi liquid food, he cannot chew food.but he is very active and his school teacher recomond for therapy .can any one plz help iam very much worried.
shreena.5 years ago
you hav given vry useful information as i found that i was having a severe problem of ADD and that took me to depression and upto age age of 14 i tried many times for suicide even at age of 14 i jumped frm 5th floor of my builing but that led to numeros fracture but now also i m facing same problem as before now i m 26 what to do? please help
santa90.5 years ago
nice comenting.
santa90.5 years ago
nice blog.
Radha.8 years ago
this is a very informative article!
deedee.8 years ago
i have been worried about my great nephew. he fits into some of the catagories of add and now will show my neice this article thank you for the information
heather.8 years ago
excellent article-very informative!
lost parent.8 years ago
my new son, now 14, has ahdh. he is hyper or blows his fuse. i need to learn all i can to be able to comprehend his actions.
donata.8 years ago
i've been worried about my first son, i hope he have not ahdh but for his actions i think so. unfortunately here in italy it is very very difficut to have a diagnosis.
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