Does my child have ADHD?

ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a medical condition that affects attention, capacity of a person to sit still and think before acting. The symptoms of ADHD include lack of focus, hyperness and impulsive behaviour. A term that was only used to describe a disorder after a series of tests, has now become a label. A word commonly used to describe young energetic or restless children. But do all energetic children have ADHD?
In current times, children are constantly kept busy with activities. Boredom is a word that very few children are even aware of, since they barely experience it. Activities for the day are planned one after another so that kids are not sitting idle. There is an ongoing and undying competition at all times to excel at anything and everything children do. These external factors combined with the prenatal development of todays’ children has led to children being exposed to a lot more information and news than those born before the Internet boost.

In this case, nature and nurture have resulted in personalities which are on a constant go, rushing from one place to another for classes or playdates or what not! And yet, parents want them to calm down. Parents want them to sit still when the parents are the ones constantly keeping them on their toes. Is it fair to call a child ADHD because they are able to function their brains faster than the stipulated time with no additional activities? Is it really right to say a child has ‘ants in their pants’ because he has a lot of energy. Everyone is born differently, everyone has different energy levels. Let us not set a standard subjectively and call someone something that could have long lasting and destructive impact on their psyche. Because it is us, the society, which has instilled the sense of competition in them, since they were infants.

In order to call someone suffering from ADHD, one needs to conduct a series of psychological and behavioural tests. The patient is given medication to help them focus, control their impulses and reactions to situations. It is not as simple as applying a Band-Aid and healing a wound. We, who these children look up to for advice and guidance, need to bring a drastic change in our mindsets and communication before it is too late for the young ones.

-By Urvi Sheth, Educator & Founder, Beyond Books

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the doctors are their independent professional judgment and we do not take any responsibility for the accuracy of their views. This should not be considered as a substitute for physician‘s advice. Please consult your treating physician for more details.


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