Doctors typically diagnose Attention Deficit Disorder and its close cousin Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder when children are around the age of seven. When undiagnosed or untreated over the course of months or years, ADD becomes progressive and affects the emotional and educational development of the child. There are several studies that indicate that ADD and ADHD are inherited conditions, versus attributed to environmental factors. Families with a history of Attention Deficit Disorder should watch their children carefully for signs of the condition. Early intervention by a specialist can help the child form new habits and coping skills to limit the effect ADD has on their schooling and peer interaction. Children that are affected by this illness experience various difficulties with anything that requires focus since the disease simply makes them unable to maintain a long attention span. The inability to perform these actions can result in numerous problems during the schooling period.
An ADD or ADHD diagnosis requires several symptoms, including inattention. For many children, regardless of their diagnosis, paying attention to something that doesn't interest them or having to remain still and focused for long periods of time is a difficult task. Things making careless mistakes, missing details, and not giving much thought to school work are some of the things for which to watch. In fact, part of the ADD diagnosis is a journal of instances where the child has demonstrated these behaviors. Difficulty organizing tasks or activities can also signal Attention Deficit Disorder. As well, people with ADD can have an apparent lack of focus when addressed directly, and an inability to break down large projects into manageable chunks. For a child with ADD, not paying attention is simply the most obvious sign.
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