Nearly one out of ten children have Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. That's according to a new report from the National Center of Health Statistics. It also shows that boys are more likely to have A-D-H-D than girls. Overall, researchers say they aren't sure if there really are more cases today, or if parents, teachers, and doctors are just more aware of the condition.
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is one of the most common childhood neurobehavioral disorder and often continues into adolescence and even adulthood. Such children have difficulty controlling their impulses, staying on task and remaining still for any length of time. Though these traits are normal in all children from time to time, ADHD is diagnosed when symptoms are severe, frequent, and protracted (occurring for longer than six months).
Teens with ADHD need structure in their environment. One way parents can provide it is to set some rules:
Homework. No television, music, or other distractions while studying. This helps teens improve their ability to focus.
Chores. Keep a list of daily chores teens can check off as they're finished. This will help teens remain on task.
Emotional discipline. No interrupting others or having emotional outbursts. When your teen breaks such a rule, address him or her calmly, consistently and deliberately.
Also, pay special attention to rules about driving and curfews. Prescription medications also can help teens who have ADHD, so consult your doctor.
From the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, I'm Dr. Tedd Mitchell, and this is the President's Prescription.