San Juan to Makati

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Posted in children by yangiwei on May 9, 2010
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Bimbim took this photo with my Canon.

I’ve been asked a couple of times if I think that a few boys have ADHD.

Greenhills West park. My first photography lesson.

According to Wikipedia, these are the signs of ADHD:

  • Predominantly inattentive
    • Children with this subtype are less likely to act out or have difficulties getting along with other children. They may sit quietly, but they are not paying attention to what they are doing. Therefore, the child may be overlooked, and parents and teachers may not notice symptoms of ADHD…
  • The behaviors must appear before age 7.
  • They must continue for at least six months.
  • The symptoms must also create a real handicap in at least two of the following areas of the child’s life:
    • in the classroom,
    • on the playground,
    • at home,
    • in the community, or
    • in social settings.[28]

If a child seems too active on the playground but not elsewhere, the problem might not be ADHD. It might also not be ADHD if the behaviors occur in the classroom but nowhere else. A child who shows some symptoms would not be diagnosed with ADHD if his or her schoolwork or friendships are not impaired by the behaviors.”

I can't tell who took which photos, the teacher or the student.

Since the boys in question have friends, talk with adults but preoccupied with their DSes, and one is spoiled by his parents, I don’t think that they have ADHD.  But what do I know?