By Dr.Pallavi Aravind Joshi, Consultant – Psychiatrist, Columbia Asia Hospital Whitefield
Do you have a child with an inconsistent behaviour of not being still at one place? Or do you have a friend who is extremely hyper? Can’t sit at one place for longer, lose their calm often! Well out of all these questions one thing that is very common among these people is being hyper and impulsive. This condition of being hyper, is not only found among adults but the behaviour of being active beyond the limit is also very common among children.
Now, a question like what’s wrong in being hyper can strike your mind. But when hyper activeness is associated with several other psychological symptoms, then that condition is called Attention deficient hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This condition often begins during the early stages of childhood and can be persistent throughout your adulthood too. ADHD is a psychological condition where a person has above the normal-levels of brain activity. These people are impulsive, hyperactive and have difficulties focusing.
For parents, dealing children with ADHD, it can be roller-coaster ride. These children often have extreme behaviours which might be quite difficult for parents to control them all the time. Children with ADHD may have these symptoms in addition to hyperactivity and inattention.
These children tend to lose their calm very easily. When in a situation, where things are unfavourable for them they usually showcase these symptoms and end up hurting themselves or the ones around them. Since they are hyper active they can be violent while playing, messy when compared to others, rushed into decisions. And as they are impulsive too, they tend to have emotional and temper outburst, difficulty in focusing, always perceived by others as on the go, difficulty in waiting for their turns, losing the stuffs like eraser, pencil easily due to absent-minded ness, can’t wait for longer hours and are very fidgety in nature.
When in a situation like this, it can be quite a task for a parent to calm them down. But with help and through correcting their behaviour from the very first day, it can bring in some change in their condition, here’s how as a parent you can play a role
Trying to teach a child having ADHD, is way more than parenting. As you know, this condition does affect the ability of a child to learn something. But this does not mean, that these children are cannot be taught. With proper guidance and medical help, these children can turn out be as normal as other children in their future and as an adult.