Questions and answers about ADHD in children

Here are some common questions that arise in the field accompanied by a professional answer which is given by professional experts:

  • Is ADHD hereditary?
    Many studies show that ADHD is hereditary. Hence, the statistics, that if one parent has ADD / ADHD, the child has a 60% chance of getting the phenomenon, and if both parents have ADHD, the chance increases to 80% -90%.
  • Why is it that in recent years there have been so many attention deficit disorders in children, relative to previous years?
    The answer in this case is divided into two layers: First, awareness of the phenomenon has been much higher in recent years. It is more familiar and talked about, so the rate of diagnoses is increasing. Second, the environment in which we live today is saturated with stimuli, so our attention is divided between them and we may lose concentration, even if we do not have attention deficit disorder at all, so rather in the case where the child has.
  • My 7-year-old son, in second grade. He does not connect with the children in his class, is not interested in participating in after-school activities, his academic achievements are not high and he interferes with the rest of the students in his class during class. Is it possible that he has ADHD?
    This is possible, but is not unequivocal and not binding. Based on the symptoms you described, he can be referred for a diagnosis that will determine with certainty whether the child has ADD / ADHD.
  • The teacher recommended that we get a diagnosis of ADHD with our child, but we think she is wrong. Should we still listen to her advice?
    Assuming that the teacher is present during school and watches the child when he is in class or with friends during recess, and knows symptoms of ADHD, then you should listen to her advice and consult with the child for a diagnosis, but try to pay attention to the symptoms you mentioned and do not rule out. Diagnosis can help the child cope better with ADD / ADHD and with his life in general in the future.