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Does Your Child Have ADHD Or Are They “Just Being A Kid?”

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(CBS Charlotte) — Is it just me, or does it seem like an alarming number of children are being diagnosed with ADHD lately?

ADHD, stands for Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and it is the most frequently diagnosed mental health disorder amongst children in preschool.

Before the next child is diagnosed with ADHD, let’s hit the rewind button for one moment.

When you were a child:

- Were you easily distracted?

- Did you daydream?

- Did you have trouble listening (even if it was intentional?)

- Did you have difficulty sitting still?

- Did you have trouble waiting your turn?

- Did you talk all of the time?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, well…it’s a good thing we were kids back then and not now — as many kids today with these symptoms are diagnosed with ADHD. Let’s face it, kids will be kids, and while some children do have more severe cases of ADHD than others, for the most part, the disorder can be managed without the use of harsh prescription medications.

Furthermore, all kids misbehave, have trouble listening at times, and can be a bit rambunctious. Obviously, these behavioral issues become worrisome when they seem to appear all of the time. If your child is displaying these behavioral issues the majority of the time, it may be time to see a doctor. But, if these behavioral issues come and go, chances are, your child is “just being a kid.”

If your child is diagnosed with ADHD, you have other options besides medicated them. Many parents who have children that have been diagnosed with ADHD have found that regular exercise has helped their children to focus better, listen more often, and in general, become less hyperactive.

-Nichole Jaworski, CBS Charlotte

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