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The acronyms ADD and ADHD no longer sound strange to anyone. More and more children are being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. So much so that many parents and experts wonder if the boundaries between the child's way of being and this condition are being confused. Along these lines, a recent study carried out by Harvard University points out that ADHD is diagnosed more in children born at the end of the year, that is to say, in the smallest of the class.
One of the main concerns of parents when their children are born in the last months of the year is to ensure that they are able to keep up with the class. In nursery school or kindergarten and in the first years of primary school the difference between the children is very noticeable who were born in January and February and those born in November and December. And, thinking about it, some are almost a year ahead of others. In fact, it is common that they learn to speak earlier, that their cognitive and social development is more advanced, that their behavior is different, etc.
What if what it really is immaturity is being diagnosed as ADHD? This is what this research published in the New England Journal of Medicine points out: Children born in the second part of the year are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD, even if they do not have this condition.
To reach this conclusion, we have analyzed the data of more than 407,000 children from different regions of the United States, discovering that the youngest in the class have about 30% more chances of being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The researchers note that when comparing the abilities of the youngest children in the classroom with those of the older ones, ADHD is overdiagnosed (for its acronym in English).
"As the child gets older, the small differences in age tend to equalize or dissipate over time. However, when it comes to behavior, the difference between a 6-year-old and a 7-year-old can be very pronounced "explains one of the researchers. The problem is when you decide to treat a child who, in reality, does not need any treatment.
Given these data collected by this study from Harvard University, it is interesting to know and know how to correctly identify some of the signs of this condition. It always has to be an expert who diagnoses ADHD so as not to lead to error. Generalizing is difficult and often imprecise since we cannot forget that each child is different. However, these are some of the signs that are related to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
1. Restlessness and excessive need to always be moving some part of your body.
2. Low self-esteem levels as a result of our constant punishments and reprimands because 'he does not behave'.
3. Lack of concentration and difficulty understanding and carrying out the specific orders they are given, especially when several are accumulated. It is common for them to be constantly distracted in class or when they do their homework.
4. Lack of persistenceas it is difficult for them to strain and focus on something for a long time.
5. Impulsiveness, which prevents them from thinking about the consequences of their actions before carrying them out.
6. Appearance of having head in the clouds, of not listening when you address them.
7. Difficulty organizing and carrying outyour tasks on time.
8. Forgotten frequent, even of the most everyday things.
9. Problems for To fall asleep at night or lack of rest.
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