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What should we know about ADHD? – Trajectories
Course Blog for Developmental Psychopathology (PSY330; Spring 2020)

What should we know about ADHD?

Recently, we talked about ADHD in class. It is a common disorder that can affect early childhood. There are three main symptoms: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Many people tend to think that ADHD is more common among boys rather than girls. According to the data, boys have higher rates of every developmental condition that appears during early childhood, such as ADHD. One the other side, when girls have ADHD, they are more likely than boys to display their purely inattentive form. In addition, girls tend to show continuing problems later in life. Sometimes, the situation can be even worse than boys. Therefore, both parents and teachers should notice this fact.

Children with ADHD might also have other symptoms, such as depression. Thus, it is possible that they can diagnose more than one disorder. Children with ADHD may also have conduct disorder or autism spectrum disorder. Besides, there are some false believes about ADHD treatments. Dietary modifications didn’t have a significant impact. Sugar intake, Feingold diet, and megavitamins are all not helpful. Except for medications, behavioral interventions can be useful. Positive reinforcement should be encouraged. School and parents can work together. It is necessary to know that distraction is a huge influence on children with ADHD. Parents and teachers can try to reduce distraction and be patient. Children with ADHD are hard to focus on one thing for a long time. Teachers can break tasks into smaller sequential steps by using simplify instructions. Sometimes, children with ADHD will react differently when they interact with different people. You may find that one day they are good at the task while another day they can’t pay attention. One of the explanations can be the structure of the tasks.

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