ADHD Child and Adult
What is ADHD?
ADHD, also known as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is a neurodevelopmental disorder caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. This imbalance is caused by low levels of dopamine. Over time, researchers noticed a correlation between the lack of dopamine and low levels of metabolism in certain areas of the brain. Thus, the diagnosis of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. There are three main types of attention deficit/hyperactive disorder: ADHD combined type, ADHD impulsive/hyperactive type, and ADHD inattentive and distractible type.
What is ADHD combined type?
ADHD combined type causes a child to make impulsive decisions, makes them easily distracted, overly hyper, and can lead to a short attention span. This is the most common type of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
What is ADHD impulsive/hyperactive type?
When a child has ADHD impulsive/hyperactive type, they commonly make rash decisions and are overly hyper, but they do not have trouble paying attention. This is the least common type of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder diagnosed.
How do you know if your child has ADHD?
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder is most commonly diagnosed during childhood. However, it also occurs in adulthood. Some of the most common signs that a child may be suffering from attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder are:
- Overly hyper
- Trouble paying attention
- Trouble completing a task
- Interrupts others
- Has trouble listening
- Talks a lot
- Has a hard time waiting for their turn
Any and all of these signs can be a symptom of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. However, it is important to remember that every child is different. Therefore, children exhibit different symptoms. Thus, determining the type of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder your child is living with, requires a thorough examination.
Request an appointment in Vancouver
At Blue Water Medical, we can thoroughly diagnose attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, providing your child with the best treatment plan possible. If you are concerned that your child may be suffering from attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, please call our Vancouver office at (604) 558-3185 to schedule a consultation. You can also request an appointment using the form on our site.