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Overcoming the Risks and Dangers of ADHD


Overcoming the Risks and Dangers of ADHD


It is one thing to get a call from school informing you that your child can’t seem to focus in class, but it’s much more distressing to be told your youngster had an accident “again.”  While many children tend to have minor mishaps from time to time, frequent brushes with accidents is a strong message that you should not to ignore.  And while their inattention may seem to be a milder concern, it isn’t something to take lightly when it is observed along with hyperactivity and impulsivity.

These are symptoms of ADHD, which is “attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.” It is a behavioral condition that has a high prevalence among children, affecting about five percent of American children, according to the American Psychiatric Association (APA).  Though it frequently starts in childhood, it can persist beyond it. This is the primary risk that children with ADHD face.


What is ADHD?

As the name suggests, individuals with this behavioral condition generally exhibit hyperactivity. They may also display inattentiveness and impulsivity.  The combination of these three symptoms can be very risky, and they can become prone to accidents and possible dangers.  APA says that their levels of activity, inattention and impulsiveness are “noticeably greater than expected for their age and cause distress and/or problems functioning at home, at school or with friends.”

Based on the symptoms observed over a period of six months, the condition can be diagnosed as hyperactive/impulsive type, inattentive type, or combined type. These signs and symptoms are often missed because adults can think these are common behaviors among children. It is true, many healthy children can be hyperactive, inattentive and impulsive at times. However, it would be beneficial for you and your child to have them promptly assessed, so the condition can be treated, if indeed it is ADHD.

ADHD cannot be stopped or avoided because there are still no clear clues as to its causes. There is evidence that link it to genetics, premature birth, brain injury, and to other environmental contributions. There are also no lab tests to help diagnose the condition. Thus, it is important to recognize the symptoms and to seek professional assistance early, before more serious risks to the health of your child manifest.


Understanding the Risks and Dangers of ADHD

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder carries risks. It is a condition that is associated with having low levels of neurotransmitters or brain chemicals, such as dopamine. According to Dr. Stephanie Sarkis, people with ADHD are drawn to risky behaviors because these can elevate the level of the dopamine in their brains. In other words, “taking risks can give them a little rush of that dopamine that they are missing.”

Experts say that “When ADHD is left unmanaged, every area of life is negatively affected.”  In fact, studies reveal that ADHD can extend into adolescence and adulthood when undiagnosed and untreated. It is considered by experts, to be among the most highly incapacitating conditions to live with. It can follow them into adolescence and adulthood, creating social, academic and emotional issues throughout life; and later impact their job performance, marital and familial relationships, safety, and emotional wellness.

In childhood, inattention, high activity levels and impulsiveness may contribute to more frequent accidents and emergency visits.  Unresolved, ADHD can result in them being prone to risky behaviors – thrill seeking, substance abuse, and disinterest in the academics – as teens, increasing the chances of future difficulties.  Also, like adults, they can become more vulnerable to anxiety and depression.


Preventing the Risks and Dangers

If your child continues to display inattention, hyperactivity and/or impulsivity, it is essential not to “wait and see” if things improve on their own.  The good news is with diagnosis and therapy, the symptoms of ADHD can be improved.  Have their symptoms properly assessed by a therapist independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services — Cameron, NC – on Hwy 87, near Linden Oaks, to know for sure if they have ADHD.  Equipped with a better understanding, you can provide them with apt professional intervention and the right treatment they need to resolve their behavioral issues.

It is also important to know ADHD is not a temporary adjustment stage or another passing phase; it is a real condition that deserves the professional attention of a therapist. This can be your first concrete step to effectively attend to your child’s difficult, and persistent symptoms. Expert studies reveal that if this condition goes untreated, could be a most highly impairing condition to live with.  Impossible as it may seem, the treatment ADHD can have a good outlook with the right professional help from a therapist contracted with Carolina Counseling Services — Cameron, NC.  So, call us now for your first appointment.


Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services – Cameron, NC

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Rose Thomas, MA, LPC, LCAS, NCC

Specializes in: (Ages 5+) Children, Teens, Individuals, Couples and Families. Anxiety, Depression, ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder, ADHD, Relationship Issues, Marriage Counseling, Parenting, PTSD/Trauma Recovery, Acute Stress Disorder, Adult Sexual Abuse Survivors, Adjustment Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Bipolar and Related Disorders, Self-injurious/Self-Harm, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Separation Anxiety, Disruptive Disorders, Conduct Disorder, Marital Conflict and Discord, LGBT, Substance Use Disorders
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