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School life helps diagnose ADHD

Emsey Hospital Child and Adolescent Mental Health Specialist, who said that Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which is noticed by families especially in preschool and school-age children, can be seen in many children. Seheryeli Yılmaz stated that it is important for families to monitor whether the child exhibits behaviors appropriate for his or her age group.

Yılmaz, “Parents talk about clumsiness, hyperactivity, difficulties in obeying rules and in relationships with friends, frequent accidents, intense snapping attacks and risky behaviors in the pre-school period; “I would like to remind families that ADHD is not a disease directly related to the intelligence of the child. Whether the child’s mental development is superior, normal or behind is independent of the presence of ADHD” .

May occur without hyperactivity

Observations of parents and teachers at school play a very important role in diagnosis. While it stands out in the environment, children with only attention deficit complaints can be overlooked without any signs of excessive physical activity. Hyperactivity, that is, “excessive physical activity”, is not a determining factor for all patients, it can be said that there are many ADHD cases in which excessive physical activity is not seen.

The most prominent complaint frequently observed in these cases is that their attention span is too short, they get bored very quickly when performing tasks and homework, and they cannot continue the task. While excessive physical activity and impulsivity are at the forefront in some people with ADHD, complaints such as difficulty in focusing and reduced attention span may come to the fore in others.

It can also occur in adults

ADHD is more common in children and teenagers, but attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder can also be seen in adults. ADHD is a genetically transmitted disorder with a neurobiological basis. The only treatment method with proven effectiveness in the treatment of ADHD is the use of medication. The effects of the drugs used in the treatment of ADHD on the brain are not at an enjoyable level, and they do not carry the risk of addiction with appropriate and recommended use.

We know that the risk of cigarette-alcohol-substance abuse and addiction is higher in those with ADHD, studies have shown that this risk decreases significantly with treatment. With drug treatment, it provides an improvement of 75-85%. Studies have shown that none of all other non-drug alternative treatments (including psychotherapies) can reach the effectiveness of drug treatment. Since ADHD is a disease that disrupts the child’s adaptation to school, home and all environments, it is recommended to be used without interruption of treatment during weekends and summer periods.

Does not affect intelligence

In situations that attract your child’s attention, love and enjoyment, such as the Internet or television, the child can be very attentive. The main problem in attention deficit; assignments, tasks, projects, etc. that should take responsibility. it focuses on the subject in the activities, starts the work, continues the work, and quickly focuses on that subject when he is distracted by the stimuli. Studies have shown that hyperactivity is a condition independent of intelligence.

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