Attention deficit disorder in ADHD

One main symptom of ADHD is an attention deficit disorder. Affected children find it difficult to concentrate on one thing; they often make careless mistakes and are more negligent with regard to details. Also, children with ADHD often struggle with structuring tasks or assignments. These problems impact their school life in particular – poor grades are virtually inevitable. And that although children with ADHD are not less intelligent than their classmates. It is also symptomatic that things like rulers or pens are constantly misplaced and tasks or agreements forgotten.

Attention deficit in children: Symptoms

An attention deficit disorder in children usually includes the following symptoms:

  • Concentration problems
  • Easily distractable
  • Struggling to stick with a task
  • Very forgetful
  • Lacking in structured thought
Good to know: Adults with an attention deficit disorder generally have the same symptoms as children. In addition, this is often coupled with procrastination – tasks are tackled slowly and rather reluctantly.

Concentration problems – what will help?

Various small changes may enhance your child's ability to concentrate. Especially for doing homework, a tidy workplace should be available for example, providing little potential for distraction. Disruptive factors, such as cell phone and TV, should be switched off and break times agreed on. Moreover, special concentration exercises may be helpful, which can also be learned during behavioural therapy. Additionally, ADHD medication treatment may alleviate the attention deficit.

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What is ADHD?

  • ADHD stands for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • It is a neurobiological disorder which is attributable to an imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain
  • As a result, there are changes in the transmission of information among neuronal cells in the brain