As your children transition into elementary school, certain signs of ADD can start to emerge. While some symptoms are common in children that age, a family medicine provider can help you determine if ADD is something that is negatively impacting your child.

To meet with our family medicine provider about ADD and ADHD, contact It’s All About The Patient in Mesa and schedule an appointment!

What Is ADD?

ADD, or Attention-Deficit Disorder, is a type of ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder). We’ve already talked about the differences between ADD and ADHD, but the distinction between ADD and ADHD can be confusing, especially since so many of their symptoms overlap.

ADD is also known as ADHD, inattentive type. That’s because children with ADD don’t have hyperactive issues like children with ADHD, but they have all the other aspects of ADD. If you’re still confused about the distinction between these types of ADD and ADHD

Inattention

Is your child easily sidetracked? Or do they have trouble paying attention, especially when they are being spoken to directly? While all children have trouble focusing from time to time, if your child never seems to be able to focus on something important or meaningful, that could be a sign of an attention-deficit disorder.

Disorganization

Does your child often misplace items or forget things they needed to do, like homework? While not every child keeps their bedroom clean and organized, chronic disorganization could be a sign that they’re having trouble focusing on important tasks or remembering where they placed things. Talk to your child and try to understand why they’re so unorganized. If they can’t seem to focus or seem forgetful, that might mean that they’re struggling or unable to focus and organize themselves.

Cannot Concentrate

When it’s time to focus in school or at home, do they have an inability to concentrate? Children with ADHD will show signs of hyperactivity or inability to sit still, children with ADD or ADHD, inattentive type, will instead avoid long mental tasks, like schoolwork. Children with ADD also have trouble concentrating for longer periods of time or completing bigger projects.

Loses or Misplaces Things

Misplacing items often comes with disorganization and forgetfulness. Does your children lose or misplace important paperwork or items? If they’re already struggling with disorganization, misplacing items can be another aspect of them having an attention deficit disorder.

Careless Mistakes

Whether your child isn’t following directions or is just making mistakes because they’re not paying attention to details, these mistakes could be a sign of ADD, especially if they appear in addition to the other signs we’ve mentioned above.

Get ADD and ADHD Services Today

We hope that this blog helps you get a better understanding of ADD and how it might present or affect your child. But make sure you don’t try to diagnose your children yourself! Instead, a family medicine provider can help you determine if your child has ADD or ADHD, and help you come up with a treatment plan or tactics to help them focus.

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