ADD in children can be symptomized by behavioral traits like impulsiveness, hyperactivity, inattentiveness, lethargy, etc. ADD symptoms in children can be contradictory in nature and can confuse parents. The same child can be lethargic and inattentive but can also be hyperactive and impulsive on other occasions. It is very difficult to diagnose these symptoms and associate them with the ADD disease. It is therefore important to seek expert medical advice for the diagnosis. ADD symptoms can also be easily confused with the general behavioral traits of children and this is the primary reason for the non diagnosis of this disease in the early stages.
It is normal for children to behave impulsively, throw tantrums, become bored ad inattentive with some tasks, be hyperactive, etc. These are also the symptoms of ADD in children, so, it is easy for parents to misconstrue the ADD symptoms as general behavior. Parents will have to understand that the differentiation is in the degree and severity of these behavioral traits. If children display the above mentioned traits occasionally, they can be associated with the general behavior of the kids. But, if these traits are regular and frequent with the kids, there is a possibility that the symptoms are an indication of ADD in children.
ADD in children can be easier to be identified by the school teachers and also when parents are trying o teach their children new things. If children take more than the usual time to understand things and concepts; if they are unable to concentrate on the tasks or unable to remember things, they might be suffering from ADD. The other symptoms of ADD in children include lack of discipline, inability to keep their things safely, day dreaming, lethargy and slow movements, etc. These symptoms are symptomatic of inattentiveness. The hyper activity ADD symptoms include constant talkativeness, inappropriate comments, impulsiveness, recklessness, impatience, aggressiveness, constant movements and fidgetiness, etc. The hyper activeness symptoms are those that are confused with normal behavior. It might not b common for normal children to be slow and lethargic but all normal children care hyperactive and so, children who are actually afflicted with ADD go unnoticed and undiagnosed for longer duration of time. The best way to determine ADD in children is by observing the behavioral traits, making a note of the frequency and occurrence of each type of trait and informing the Doctors about them. Doctors can use this information and also test the children for ADD and then make their diagnosis.