However their long-term memory can be
better than a lot of adults'.
· Poor peer group relations: not in all cases
but quite often these children can be
avoided by others due to their behaviour
and possible aggressive tendencies.
ADHD can be diagnosed in under-fives
contrary to many popular beliefs. A number
of children have a history of symptoms
going back to the first few weeks of life.
The child's GP should be able to refer a
suspected case of ADD/ADHD to either a
consultant paediatrician or a child psychiatrist
with experience in this field.
Without a diagnosis and/or treatment,
these children can quickly lose all self-
confidence, self-esteem and become
increasingly more difficult to control.
This can lead to truancy and aggressive
behaviour when they move into mainstream
education, often resulting in exclusion.
It is not uncommon for them to turn to
drug, alcohol abuse (a subconscious attempt
to self-medicate) and finally a life of crime.
For the rest of the family, this can lead
to break-up, depression and, in extreme
cases, child abuse.
It is, therefore, vital that those who work
with under-fives he aware of ADD/ADHD.
Early detection could really make a huge
difference to their future lives.
These are only used in extreme
cases of ADD/ADHD in under-
fives. The most common
medications are Ritalin, Dexedrine
Ritalin and Dexedrine work to
help correct the underlying brain
dysfunction. Clonidine is used to
help curb aggressive tendencies
and to help correct poor sleep