This highly publicized neurodevelopmental disorder presents itself in 5 to 10% of children and approximately 4% of adults.
ADD/ADHD can be diagnosed in children as young as 5 when symptoms truly hinder daily life, though it is more common to wait until a child reaches the age of 7 to see if the symptoms persist once they have started school.
Assessing ADD/ADHD is also possible in adults who wish to get to the bottom of symptoms such as hyperactivity, impulsivity or lack of concentration that have afflicted them for years.
When should you consult a professional? When your child is experiencing difficulties in several areas of his life (learning, relationships with peers, self-esteem, family interactions, etc.). It can present itself, for instance, by:
- Being easily distracted
- Having difficulty taking part in an activity that lasts several minutes
- Making careless mistakes
- Not paying attention to details
- Finding it difficult to start and finish a task
- Often forgeting or misplacing material
- Sometimes displaying a complete lack of inhibition
- Having difficulty controlling his/her emotions, waiting for his/her turn to speak
Each child with ADD/ADHD has his/her own particularities, strengths and weaknesses.
What about the H" for hyperactivity: constant fidgeting, talking non-stop, having trouble keeping calm and sometimes reacting impulsively or getting angry over nothing.