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Free ADHD lecture planned at AV Hospital

Juliana Norwood | 11/13/2017, 12:07 p.m.

Interrupt or intrude on others' conversations, games or activities

Normal behavior vs. ADHD

It is relatively normal for most young children to exhibit inattention or hyperactivity from time to time as such behavior is the nature of childhood, constantly exploring and being distracted from one thing to the next. According to Dr. Rizvi, “Hyperactivity presents itself in the patient’s inability to stay calm or still when appropriate. When a child runs around, laughing and playing, on the playground, that is wholly appropriate. Yet, when they act the same way in the library or classroom, for example, it is inappropriate.”

Research suggests that children should never be classified as having ADHD just because they're different from their friends or siblings as children naturally have differing levels of energy. Typically a child suffering from ADHD will have exhibited multiple symptoms consistently for six months or more.

“Children who have problems in school but get along well at home or with friends are likely struggling with something other than ADHD. The same is true of children who are hyperactive or inattentive at home, but whose schoolwork and friendships remain unaffected,” according to the Mayo Clinic.

Causes

While the exact cause of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is not clear, research efforts continue. Factors that may be involved in the development of ADHD include:

Genetics. ADHD can run in families, and studies indicate that genes may play a role.

Environment. Certain environmental factors, such as lead exposure, may increase risk.

Development. Problems with the central nervous system at key moments in development may play a role

Individuals who may be concerned that they themselves or their child shows signs of ADHD, or anyone who simply wants to get a deeper understanding of the disorder, the “Paying Attention to ADHD” mental health lecture could be a valuable resource. For more information, contact the Antelope Valley Hospital at (661) 949-5000.