ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a term that has been flung around quite loosely by lay people. Every time a child presents with concentration problems the diagnosis of ADHD immediately presents itself as an easy route to a possible solution, because all you now have to do is to consult a doctor for a prescription of meds. But the whole arena of concentration problems is far more complex than what is commonly perceived.
First and foremost I would like to reiterate the fact that not all children with concentration problems have ADHD and therefore the first step in intervention is not to consult a medical professional. In my opinion only a few children with concentration problems have authentic ADHD. As a parent, before you rush off to the doctor, first consider the following:
To diagnose ADHD is therefore not only an act of observation or even asking a few historicity questions. A more lengthy intervention process than a mere consultation or two (that so often is the case when consulting most medical professionals) as well as experience of the child’s reaction towards certain measures taken to filter out all the possible alternatives mentioned above are needed before any diagnosis can be made.
In my next blog I will give you some pointers on how to address the factors mentioned in this blog that have an influence on concentration. The blog's name is: Ruling out possible factors causing concentration problems. In the meantime feel free to state your ideas and even add to the possible factors influencing concentration problems.