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What is Attention Deficit Disorder?

Dr. Jennifer Baxt, DMFT

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This is a condition that is normally first diagnosed as a young child, but it can also be overlooked until adulthood. There are times when it can be mistaken that a child has attention deficit disorder when they go through moments of being hyper and cooperative, but this is normal. It is normal for children to have a lot of energy and they tend to get excited over things, especially if they have had a lot of sugar. For children who actually do have attention deficit disorder, they are more or less consistently hyper, uncooperative, impulsive and have trouble focusing. Children who have untreated attention deficit disorder can often have difficulty in school because they are not able to focus on what they are doing and learn. It is recommended that a parent who believes their child might be suffering from attention deficit disorder seek out professional advice and help.

If unsure whether the child has attention deficit disorder a parent can always consult and online therapist or a telephone counselor. It helps to learn more about the disorder before drawing any premature conclusions and the people best to learn from are the professionals who deal with it in their job. Of course, the internet can only help so much. While it might help to talk to someone and get some preliminary advice and suggestions, the therapist or counselor that the parent has contacted will probably recommend that they bring their child in to see a therapist in person. Seeing the child in person and how they act can help the professional determine whether or not the child is just a little more active, or if they are in fact suffering from attention deficit disorder. There are occasionally younger children who have trouble concentrating or calming down as a result of their life style and their family's life style. If that is the case, then the professional can work with the parents to help resolve the situation. Children who are diagnosed with attention deficit disorder by a professional can usually get help from their online therapy. The therapist might decide that a temporary medicinal treatment might help the child to calm down enough to be able to function properly in school and at home without causing a disruption for anyone else. This medication will help to calm down the child, and hopefully after a period of time the child will calm down naturally. Then they can eventually be taken off the medication. While the child is on medication, the therapist will sometimes work with the parents and the child to promote more self control in the child, as well as possibly make changes in the expectations the parents have for the child at home.

Attention deficit disorder is still not overly understood. The exact causes are speculated about, but research is still being done. Through online counseling, therapists will work with the parents and their child to bring about changes in the home life at home, as well as help monitor any medications that their child might be on.

Jennifer Baxt is the owner of which offers a variety of online counseling services. If you would like to know more about Jennifer or any of our online therapists , visit our website.


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