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What is ADD/ADHD and how
ADD stands for Attention Deficit Disorder and ADHD for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, although internationally ADHD is the referral term that includes both ADD and ADHD. ADD/ADHD is a term used to describe a group of children who have many problems in common.
We differentiate between three sub-types namely:
AT WHAT AGE CAN ADD/ADHD BE DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis should only take place from the age of 5 to 7 years although some of the symptoms could be present from birth. It is important that the symptoms, as per the DSMIV, be present for a period of more than six months in all situations. Symptoms usually appear before the age of seven, although diagnosis may only take place much later.
WHAT COULD LOOK LIKE OR MANIFEST AS HYPERACTIVITY?
It is very important when considering a diagnosis of ADHD, to rule out other conditions that can look like ADHD.
These could include:
IT IS THEREFORE CRUCIAL TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO NOT MERELY TREAT SYMPTOMS BUT THAT WE HEAL AND TREAT THE CORE OF THE PROBLEM
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