adhd among children in Kerala

ADHD is one of the most common problems encountered among children. Typically detected during childhood, it often lasts into adulthood. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention and controlling impulsiveness. It is normal for children to have trouble focusing and behaving at school but children with ADHD do not seem to outgrow such behaviours. The symptoms can pose problems at school and wreak havoc with friendships.

You must pay attention and seek help if hyperactivity (fidgeting, not able to sit still and focus on a task) and impulsivity symptoms have persisted for at least six months and affects the child’s scholastic performance.

When to worry about it:
Several inattentive or hyperactive impulsive symptoms were present prior to age of 12;
Several inattentive or hyperactive impulsive symptoms are present in two or more settings; For example, at home, school, or work, with friends or relatives during other activities;
There is clear evidence that that the symptoms interfere with or reduce the quality of social, academic or occupational functioning

What to look for:

  • Inattention is to be suspected if six or more of the following symptoms have persisted for at least six months
  • Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, at work, or during other activity (e.g., overlooks or misses details, work is inaccurate)
  • Often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activity (had difficulty remaining focused during lectures, conversations, or lengthy reading, often does not seem to listen even when spoken to directly)
  • Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in workplace
  •  Often has difficulty organising tasks and activities (e.g. difficulty managing sequential tasks; difficulty keeping material and belongings in order; has poor time management and fails to meet deadlines)
  • Often avoids or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort (e.g., schoolwork or homework; for older adolescents and adults preparing reports, completing forms, reviewing lengthy papers)
  • Often loses things necessary for tasks or activities (e.g., school material, pencils, books, tools, wallets, keys, paperwork, eyeglasses, mobile phone)
  • Is often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli
  •  Is often forgetful in daily activities (e.g., doing chores, running errands for older adolescents)

We are psychotherapy specialists in helping people overcome difficulties they face by using highly effective types of psychotherapies such as cognitive behaviour therapy, hypnotherapy, solution focussed brief therapy and experiential therapy.
In our child psychiatric clinic, we listen to children and their parents and then do assessment tests before suggesting ways to manage the condition and other methods of treatment. While ADHD can’t be cured, there are ways to help manage the condition and do better in academics and life. One of the fundamental principles is to work on the child’s strengths and also teach the child in a way that facilitates learning and understanding.