Hyperactivity is a term that we have heard a lot in recent years. It is common to confuse an agitated child with a hyperactive child because we do not know exactly what that term means. Therefore, if you suspect that your son or daughter may have some type of hyperactivity, it is important to consult a doctor before taking any more serious action, such as giving medications to the child, for example. Often, the child may have another problem or just be very agitated.
What is hyperactivity
Hyperactivity is a disease that is directly related to ADHD, or Attention Deficit Disorder with hyperactivity. This disease is characterized by the malfunction of certain parts of the brain, such as:
- Frontal Wolves
- Caloso body
- Basal Ganglia
It is important to note that malfunction does not necessarily mean poor development , as someone’s overactive brain can function too quickly, reflecting this to the body as well, causing the person to be agitated all the time.
TDHA usually begins in childhood and can also be taken into adulthood , contributing to difficulties in relating, problems at school or at work and even low self-esteem.
Diagnosis of Hyperactivity in Children
As we said at the beginning of the text, this is not a simple matter. The biggest problem we encounter is because we rush to find that certain behaviors of certain children configure ADHD without knowing exactly what it is about. For this, we can mention that the main symptoms of hyperactivity are:
- Excessive nervousness
- Being restless all the time
- Not being able to stand still or stop talking
- Having difficulties in games where it is necessary to sit
When we notice these symptoms in one of our children, we can start to worry and make an appointment with a doctor for evaluation. It is always good to point out that only a doctor can make the right diagnosis that the child is hyperactive and of what type.
Causes of hyperactivity
In order to understand what causes hyperactivity, we need to understand that it is a disease that develops in the development phase of the child’s brain . This means that what often causes the hyperactivity does not appear internally, but has to do with the environment in which the child is inserted.
The mother’s intake of alcohol, tobacco or psychoactive substances during pregnancy is one of the main causes of the disease, for example. In addition, mistreatment and abuse can trigger the disease in many children.
Despite this, the genetic factor also counts whether the child develops hyperactivity or not. It is not necessarily necessary that the child’s father or mother also suffer or have suffered from the condition (although this may also occur), but a genetic code can be passed from father to son without manifesting itself in all of them.
Types of Hyperactivity
We can mention three types of hyperactivity that occur in children, they are:
- Predominantly Inattentive
- Predominantly Hyperactive & Impulsive
- Combined Inattentive and Hyperactive
In this type of hyperactivity, the child has difficulties in maintaining concentration or paying attention to something for long periods, especially for things that are not of interest to him. The big problem here is at school, where the child may have several learning problems.
Predominantly Hyperactive & Impulsive
In this case, the child has difficulty in standing in the same place when what he needs to do is not interesting for him. Here we can also highlight the difficulty in analyzing the consequences of acts that you are about to do.
Combined Inattentive and Hyperactive
This is the most common of the three types of hyperactivity, where the child has a combination of the symptoms of the two types mentioned above. In this case, children can have problems in different environments, such as school and family.
Treatment of hyperactivity
There are several types of treatments that are effective in the treatment of this disease, but none of them shows improvements without the union of physical activities, a good mental and also emotional work.
A doctor will be able to indicate which is the best treatment for each specific case, in this way he will analyze what the patient’s needs are and whether or not there is a need for the use of medications, in addition to also indicating what are the necessary physical activities so that the disease can be cured.
Hyperactivity is a serious disease that needs to be treated with great care when discovered. Although people often do not know correctly what it is about, it is important to seek medical help both to clear up your doubts and to be more relieved about your child’s health.
It is very common to see mothers desperate and who do not know how to do with their children and who fit them in an ADHD condition without really knowing whether the child has this condition or not. This type of behavior is dangerous and harmful to the child’s health, which is why it is so important to research and seek professional help to deal with such cases.
The great danger of hyperactivity is that it can be taken into adulthood and cause major problems, especially social problems, which can also lead to depression. For this reason, the treatment of the disease needs to be done since childhood so that it does not develop and does not affect other areas of the child’s life.
See also: What is Asperger’s Syndrome?
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.