Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD): Does my child have it?
“I am forever frustrated at my daughter for not completing her choirs that I ask her to do”.
“My daughter seems to always be distracted and has trouble following through on things”.
“I often find him daydreaming and he fidgets and squirms a lot”.
“My son blurts out inappropriate comments and has trouble controlling his emotions”.
If you have every had thoughts like these, you may have a child that is suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder or ADD. ADD is a term used to describe a psychological condition associated with attention, impulse control and at times hyperactivity. A report, published in the March issue of Archives of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, shows that ADD affects up to 7.5 per-cent of school-aged children. These are significant findings when you consider the frustrations that this condition can have on a family life.
So how can I check if my son or daughter has ADD?
A quiz has been provided below that may provide some incite on whether your child has ADD. I want to caution you before you take this quiz that it is a guide only and is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or
illnesses without consulting your paediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child's condition.
Quiz for Attention Deficit Disorder
1. Does your child struggle sitting still?
2. Does your child frequently "zone out"?
3. Has anyone else in your family been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD?
4. Does your child have trouble sharing or waiting his turn?
5. Does your child frequently and quickly move from one activity to the next?
6. Does your child have trouble making and keeping friends?
7. Have your child's teachers complained of behavioural problems?
8. Does your child frequently seem distracted and disorganized?
9. Does your child often make careless mistakes at home or at school?
10. Does your child often lose and forget items?
If you answered yes to most of these questions, your child may be exhibiting behaviours
that accompany the condition ADD. These behaviours include high levels of activity,
distractibility, and impulsiveness. Speak with your child's paediatrician about your child's symptoms and your concerns.