It is not uncommon to see cases of parents who do not know what to do with their child who simply cannot concentrate on things. The so-called attention deficit in children can occur for many reasons and it requires special treatment, which combines drugs, therapy and parental action as a key element for the child to have a normal life.
But despite so many concerns, it is necessary to understand that the attention deficit is not so complicated and requires as much effort as many imagine, and can be easily controlled when the treatment is being done correctly.
What is Attention Deficit?
Attention deficit disorder, also known as ADHD, is a type of psychiatric disorder characterized by the extreme difficulty for a person to concentrate on a certain subject, accompanied by some other symptoms such as hyperactivity, for example.
This disorder is not as uncommon as is imagined, affecting between 3% and 6% of children today, taking into account children over 5 years, since up to that age, distraction is something more common.
But although this number seems large, not all of them need intensive treatments and that involve medications. Most of the time, good psychological counseling with therapy sessions can solve the problem.
There is no specific cause for the development of the disease, despite knowing that it appears due to a dysfunction between areas of the cerebral cortex . What basically happens is that neurotransmitters work incorrectly when the brain requires them to work harder because of a situation of concentration, such as reading, for example. People who have ADHD end up having difficulties exactly because of this dysfunction that happens in the brain.
Attention Deficit Symptoms
It is not difficult to identify the symptoms of attention deficit in children, even though only a specialized doctor can give an accurate diagnosis indicating whether the child has the disease or not. Some of the main symptoms of attention deficit are:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Lack of memory over and over
- Learning difficulties
It is important to remember that only with an accurate diagnosis made by a specialist doctor is it possible to indicate the correct examination for each case. And precisely because it is a disease where the diagnosis is very delicate, one should not try to find cures on your own, as the treatment can vary a lot from person to person.
How Attention Deficit in Children Can Hinder
When a child suffers from attention deficit disorder and does not receive adequate treatment, several consequences can occur at different levels and stages of life. We can divide these consequences into three groups to explain more clearly how it can affect a child’s life. These three groups are:
- At home
- At school
- In the future
Each of these three topics can be affected in different ways by attention deficit in children and therefore needs a separate explanation.
Often the treatment of ADHD requires parental attitude at home . Problems such as fights, difficulty performing certain types of tasks and a lot of distraction can happen if proper treatment for the disease does not occur. Keeping the environment organized and maintaining an open dialogue with the child with attention deficit are great ways for the treatment to be carried out.
Many parents only realize that their child can suffer from ADHD when problems start at school. The main problems that the disease can bring in this sense are the learning difficulty and the sociability difficulties due to the symptoms such as aggression and impulsivity that the disease can also bring.
In this case, a doctor can indicate that part of the treatment is done with the family together with teachers and school staff so that the child can improve both academically and socially in his life.
In the future
When attention deficit disorder in children is not treated correctly, several problems can occur with them throughout their lives. The difficulty of socialization, for example, can cause depression to manifest itself more strongly in these people. Failure to treat the disease can lead to several other social and psychological problems, such as anxiety disorder , for example.
ADHD is a serious disease that requires precise and sometimes complex treatment. But the lack of information that many parents have, ends up making them think that just because their child is sometimes distracted, he may suffer from attention deficit.
Therefore, it is always important to emphasize that distraction and attention deficit are completely different things and that the two should not be confused in any way, as this can cause confusion in the child’s life and generate unnecessary stress.
The biggest tip is: If you suspect that your child may be suffering from the disease, see a specialist doctor to receive the correct diagnosis. In this way all the treatments that need to be done, happened in the right way.
See also: Hyperactive Child
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.