Is there a different effect on boys and girls?
ADHD is more commonly diagnosed in boys than girls. This may be because boys with ADHD tend to be more hyperactive and disruptive. Girls can have ADHD but may have Predominantly Inattentive Type and can often appear to be in a world of their own. Their symptoms may not be noticed because they don’t disrupt the class; however, their problems can lead to academic and social failure.
Is it definitely ADHD?
It’s easy to confuse ADHD with normal child development and other conditions. As there isn’t a simple test for the condition, the consultant will have taken considerable care diagnosing your child with ADHD.
With ADHD, children may also have other problems such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, Asperger’s syndrome and compulsive or defiant behaviour.
What problems can ADHD cause?
ADHD can cause a range of problems that can vary from child to child. The following are common among all children with ADHD:
- They often seem to forget things almost instantly. They fail to finish what they start or don’t do it at all.
- They often seem to be driven like a motor; as a result they can be demanding in class and even behave dangerously when outside.
- They may seem thoughtless, selfish and rude, so they are often unpopular with other children their age.
“I do things I don’t mean to do… and it makes me stick out.” Jacob, 9.
How do children with ADHD develop?
Children with ADHD can be intelligent and creative. Many overcome their disability and lead successful lives. The problems may ease with time, but ADHD can last into adulthood. Coming to terms with and understanding ADHD can often make it easier to deal with.
“We all want to help him reach his potential.” Phillipa, mother of Simon.