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What is ADHD in children?

11:30 - 25 October , 2023


It is a chronic condition with a high incidence in childhood, but it can extend into adulthood.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) causes problems focusing and maintaining attention, making the child hyperactive, causing impulsive behavior, problems relating with others, low self-esteem, and poor school performance.

The timelier the diagnosis and treatment, the better and faster the results.

Although the origin of ADHD is unknown, there are certain potential risks for developing it such as:

  • Having family members who suffer from ADHD or some other mental disorder.
  • Environmental factors such as being exposed to chemicals or toxins.
  • Mother with smoking, alcoholism, or drug addiction before or during pregnancy.
  • Being born prematurely.

Signs and symptoms ADHD in children

The intensity of the symptoms varies, some children have mild or moderate symptoms, and others have severe symptoms.

Attention problems:

  • Inability to concentrate or stay focused at school.
  • Lack of concentration in games or sports activities.
  • No reaction even if something is directly asked to them.
  • They struggle to start a task and they usually don’t finish it.
  • Continuous carelessness that causes them to lose things and lack order.
  • Forget all important tasks and activities.


  • Leg tremors, blows, or movements with hands and feet.
  • Inability to sit still or sit still for long periods.
  • They are always moving.
  • They are always talking.
  • Does not allow others to speak, always interrupting.
  • Lacks patience.

Diagnosis and treatment ADHD in children

After the specialist analyzes your child’s symptoms and clinical history, they will perform a physical examination and ask questions to collect information that will allow them to diagnose the condition and rule out others.

Likewise, if deemed necessary, they will request various medical tests to help them rule out other conditions.

The treatment will depend on the severity of the symptoms but generally includes:

  • Medication.
  • Behavioral therapy.
  • Family therapy.

At the Neurology Center, a select group of highly trained and certified doctors in various neurological specialties is ready to assist you with the quality and warmth that characterizes us.


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