How can I tell if my kid needs to be on Adderall?


The first thing you need to know is whether the child actually has some type of attention disorder. The most common symptoms of ADHD are being unable to pay attention, acting impulsively, or hyperactivity. Signs of ADHD are often observed at a very young age, as young as 2 or 3 years old. However, some of the medications used to treat ADHD are limited to children age 6 and up. ADHD is often considered if a child has a hard time paying attention in class, or is easily distracted. Some children will begin an activity, but will suddenly change to a new activity, and never finish any of them. Forgetfulness, the inability to get organized or to concentrate on one thing, or being careless with assignments may also indicate a problem.

ADD children find it almost impossible to sit still. They will often break into a run, or walk around the classroom, and if required to sit will fidget and move around constantly. They often talk a lot. Younger children will often jump on the furniture trying to release that energy running rampantly through their bodies. ADHD patients can sometimes be extremely impatient. They will often interrupt conversations or react to something impulsively with aggressive acts. Standing in line is pure torture. Before you decide if your kid needs Adderall, you should pay particular attention to his/her behavior, make notes, and consult a physician. If the child is consistently over active, make an appointment.

Only a doctor will be able to make a thorough diagnosis as to your kid’s needs and he will decide the best course of action. He may decide that Adderall may not be the answer to your child’s problem. Either way, leave this decision to a physician. Of course, if you are a medical professional, then you can always share your thoughts with your doctor.