Dr Sharmishtha Sarkar, sheds light on symptoms and when to seek professional help
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a group of behavioural symptoms that include hyperactivity, impulsivity and difficulty in focusing and paying attention. Awareness of the disorder has grown exponentially over recent years.
Dr Sharmishtha Sarkar, Consultant Pediatrician at OSD Healthcare says, “If you have worries over your child’s behaviour or your school have advised concerns with behaviour / ability to access learning due to behavioural issues, then there are things that you can look out for to help you identify whether you should seek professional advice for ADHD.
Sometimes, as a parent it can be difficult to know what constitutes as normal and what doesn’t – very often there is a fine line and it is difficult to be objective about your own child.
Dr Sarkar explains,
“The obvious behaviours to look out for include struggling to sit still and follow instructions, high activity levels and inattentiveness. But these symptoms can be subjective, and it can be more helpful to understand how these problems can manifest themselves in daily activity. For example, does your child find it difficult to keep friends, does he interrupt conversations, is he impulsive, does he have problems with anger, does he lose possessions and is forgetful, or does he find it difficult to complete a task even as mundane as getting dressed or tidying up a bedroom.”
If not diagnosed and managed timely, children with ADHD can experience persistent symptoms that can be carried through to their teenage and adult years and lead to:
- Dropping out of school
- Self-esteem issues
- Risk taking behaviour e.g. substance misuse
- Involvement with law and order
- Anxiety disorder
- Inability to keep a job or maintain long-term relationships
In addition to this, ADHD can also co-exist with other related conditions including:
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Learning Difficulties
- Dyspraxia or Dyslexia
- Tics or Tourette’s Syndrome
- Depression, anxiety
A rule of thumb is to look at these difficulties and reflect whether they are more problematic for your son or daughter than for children generally at the same age. If you are struggling with your child’s behaviour go and see your GP. There are also many resources online available and OSD Healthcare has recently launched a whole host of paediatric services to include developmental issues with both Paediatric Consultants, Child Psychologists and other therapists on hand to provide a treatment solution for your child.
To book an appointment with Dr Sarkar please call 01442 331 900 or click here to contact us.