Testing for ADHD can seem like a long, difficult, never-ending process. At many points along this difficult journey, many parents ask themselves if bad parenting was why their children developed ADHD. Rest assured that parenting skills have never been nor will ever be the cause of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It’s a neurobiological disorder, meaning a medical condition, that’s behind ADHD. This condition causes the behaviours in your child that they cannot seem to control. Because they symptoms and behaviours are caused by the disorder, the disorder itself must be diagnosed and treated. Doctors cannot run a simple test, like drawing blood, so assessing for ADHD is done by observing the child’s behaviour in a variety of different settings. In order to ensure you get an accurate diagnosis when testing for attention defecit disorder, there a couple of different things you can do along the way to make the process that much less daunting:
1. Create a log book and keep notes on your child’s behaviours. Most testing for ADHD is behaviour-related and the doctors want to see if your child’s behaviour is different from other children in the same age range. An accurate reflection of when and how your child acts can be extremely helpful in determining whether your child does or does not have ADHD. With that in mind, here are a list of a few of the behaviours to be on the lookout for:
- Constant fidgeting – a child with ADHD feels the need to be constantly moving. It could be their mouths, their bodies, or both that is always in motion.
- Difficulty completing tasks – if this is at home, it may even be noticeable when the child is doing something they enjoy like a game or puzzle.
- Outbursts – while all children have these at one point or another, children with ADHD often have unexplainable outbursts with no apparent reason behind them.
- In a group environment, the child with ADHD will often be the loudest one or the one that can’t stand to wait for their turn to speak.
When taking a look at the list, you can see that these types of behaviours are common to most children (and some adults too) at some point or another. That’s why it’s extremely important to keep accurate notes about when your child is displaying these behaviours.
2. At any point in time, you might wish to try some form of a natural treatment option. There are extremely safe homeopathic remedies available that can help to relieve the symptoms of ADHD. The different herb and plant extracts that make up these remedies, work to re-balance the brain chemistry, which is where the core problem of ADHD lies. It may seem to some that this type of treatment may be premature, but if you are in the process of testing for ADHD, this can help you determine if the symptoms your child is showing are ADHD related. Homeopathic remedies are completely safe and there is no risk of side effects, unlike traditional medications. They are even a good choice for children who are borderline ADHD or hyperactive children who are not suffering from ADHD.