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ADHD: What You Need to Know


ADHD: What You Need to Know


Most children have problems with their behavior at one point or another. They may be rambunctious and constantly in motion one moment, then suddenly drift into daydreaming. For some children, these behaviors are more than the typical conduct that can be outgrown. Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have pervasive and persistent symptoms that can make it difficult for them to control their behavior.

According to the National Resource Center on ADHD, the condition affects 11% of school-age children. It arises in early childhood and may continue into adulthood in more than three-quarters of the affected juvenile population. Educating caregivers of children diagnosed with ADHD is vital in the treatment process. These are the facts you need to learn:


Classifications of ADHD

  • Inattentive —This condition was formerly referred to as attention deficit disorder or ADD. Children with ADD do not exhibit overly active behavior, and so this symptom is not usually noticed. It is more common among girls, as typified in their non-disruptive conduct in the classroom.
  • Hyperactive/Impulsive —This type of ADHD involves both hyperactive and impulsive behavior. Although they can pay attention, these children are always restless, unable to sit still for long, and talkative at inappropriate time-s. It is very difficult for them to wait for their turn, and because of their impulsivity, they have more accidents and injuries than other children.
  • Combined Inattentive and Hyperactive/Impulsive —The symptoms of both types are present in children with this kind of ADHD. All the symptoms can occur in different combinations.


Facts and Myths about the Causes of ADHD

Multiple studies have been conducted to determine the exact causes of ADHD, which, together with the risk factors for the condition, remain unknown. Scientists have discovered that genetics play an important role; there is strong evidence that ADHD is an inherited condition. Other possible causes for ADHD may include brain injury, premature birth or low birth weight, environmental exposure to harmful chemicals such as lead or pesticides, and alcohol intake or cigarette smoking during pregnancy.

There is no evidence to uphold the common beliefs that ADHD is caused by excessive sugar consumption, watching too much television, parenting style, family condition (poverty or conflict), or traumatic experiences. Although these factors may exacerbate the symptoms, they aren’t the conclusive main causes of ADHD. The condition clearly originates in the brain.


Positive Outlook for Children with ADHD

Children with ADHD stand a good chance of becoming very successful in life. What may possibly cause them to suffer is allowing the condition and its symptoms to persist without proper treatment. The serious consequences of untreated ADHD include depression, family stress, relationship problems, academic failure, delinquency, substance abuse, injuries, and career failure. It is therefore important to seek early diagnosis and treatment.

While there is no known cure for ADHD, early intervention is the key to managing the severity of the symptoms and preventing the condition from worsening. The earlier the condition is addressed, the greater chances of achieving positive outcomes. Individuals with ADHD have experienced improvement through ongoing management of the symptoms.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) identifies the two main hallmarks of emotional health recovery as living a meaningful life and exploring one’s potential to the fullest. These goals are attainable for children with ADHD. Resources for treatment are available to help them achieve a level of well-being characterized by independence, hope, and personal pride.


Taming Your Child’s High-Spirited Behavior

If you suspect that your child has ADHD, it is important to seek a comprehensive assessment and psychological evaluation from a competent counselor. The earlier the intervention, the higher the chances for success. Early management and treatment of the symptoms can prevent future ill effects such as school and social failure, low self-esteem, and substance abuse.

As a parent, you play a significant role in helping your child become successful despite ADHD. While medications are often used to relieve the symptoms, you may want start with assistance from a therapist who is able to comprehensively look at all issues involved with your child’s ADHD. Counseling with or without medication can be helpful for your child. Consider calling Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC. Your child will be matched with an independently contracted counselor who can create a therapy plan tailored to meet your child’s needs.

There is no cure for ADHD at this time, but your counselor at CCS – Southern Pines, NC can work with you and your child to manage and ease the symptoms while developing the child’s strengths to lead a happy, productive life. Call now to request an appointment.

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Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC contracts with Licensed professional counselors/therapists/psychologists who provide a friendly, caring, and relaxed atmosphere in the Southern Pines/Pinehurst/Aberdeen/Raeford area. These independently contracted therapists/counselors assist adult individuals, couples, families, and children with resolving issues and getting back to enjoying their lives. Whether you are non-military or military, the independently contracted therapists with Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC are able and happy to assist you!

Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC

Counties: Moore county, NC, Lee County, NC, Montgomery County, NC, Richmond County, NC, Randolph County, NC, Chatham County, NC

Cities: Southern Pines NC, Pinehurst NC, Aberdeen NC, Taylortown NC, Pinebluff NC, West End NC, Seven Lakes NC, Eagle Springs NC, Ashley Heights NC, Ashmont NC, Five Points NC, Wind Blow NC, Jackson Springs NC, Whispering Pines NC, Vass NC, Cameron NC, Carthage NC, Eastwood NC, Lakeview NC, Narrow Ridge NC, Robbins NC, Roseland NC, Tramway NC, Troy NC, Zion Grove NC, Biscoe NC

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Southern Pines, NC 28387

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  • Kristin Vernon, MSW, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 5+) Children, Adolescents, Couples, Families, Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem Issues, Grief and Loss, Communication Skills, Divorce, Adjustment Disorders, Mood Disorders, Coping Skills, Parenting, Family Conflict, Marital Conflict, Relationship Issues
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  • Gretchen Montesanto, MA, LPC, NCC

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Teens, Individuals, Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem Issues, Grief and Loss, Stress, LGBT, Adjustment Disorder, Motivation, Life Transitions, Mood Disorders, Military Spouses

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  • Jaime J. Fitzpatrick MS, LPCS, LCAS

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Adults, Families and Couples, Anxiety, PTSD, Trauma and Abuse Recovery, Depression, Military Life Issues, Adjustment Disorder, Relationship Issues, Marriage Counseling, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Therapy, Addictions, Emotional Disturbance, Coping Skills, Impulsivity, Grief and Loss, Self-Esteem
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  • Kelly ErkenBrack, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 3+) Children, Teens, Adults, Couples and Families. Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss, Mood Disorders, Trauma, Adjustments and Life Transitions, ADHD, Behavioral Issues, Parenting, Relationship Concerns, Self Esteem
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  • Kathryn Wiens, PsyD. HSP-P

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  • Tracy Goldberg, MSW, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 5+) Individuals, Adolescents, Adults, Couples, Children and Families. Attention Deficit, Oppositional Defiance, Behavioral Issues, Peer Relationships, Family Conflict, Depression, Anxiety, Parenting Anxiety, ADHD, Self-Esteem Issues, Family Conflict/Divorce, Marriage Counseling, Adjustment Disorders, Relationship Issues, Grief and Loss, Communication Skills, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Mood Disorders, Parent Skill Building, Christian Counseling upon request
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare, Medicare, Cash, HRA and FSA accepted

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    Location: Southern Pines, NC