The stereotyped image of a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is someone who is constantly fidgety, restless, or running around.  There is some truth to this stereotype.  ADHD Hyperactive Type is the most easily recognizable in the ADHD spectrum because the symptoms often cause a lot of frustration for parents and teachers. A child with ADHD Hyperactive Type is someone who cannot seem to stay still, who is in a state of constant motion, and who has difficulty getting along with peers and authority figures because of these uncontrollable behaviors.  Other symptoms of ADHD Hyperactive Type include excessive talking, the inability to wait one’s turn, and symptoms of inattention like forgetfulness and the tendency to lose things.

What causes hyperactivity?

Studies show that boys are more likely to develop ADHD Hyperactive Type than girls, but not all hyperactive boys necessarily have ADHD.  Hyperactivity is a concept that cannot be easily measured because it depends on a number of factors like the child’s age, the child’s behavior relative to his or her peers, and an adult’s tolerance of this behavior.  There have been a number of perfectly normal boys who have been misdiagnosed with ADHD and medicated for it simply because they seem to be more active than their peers.  However, hyperactivity may be caused by a number of factors that are completely unrelated to ADHD.  These causes include sudden changes in a child’s life, underlying health problems like an inner ear infection, or deficiencies in key nutrients like magnesium and zinc.

Treating hyperactivity

Even if it does not necessarily suggest ADHD, hyperactivity is a symptom that you should not ignore.  Hyperactive children are likely to cause accidents that may hurt them or others, and do things without thinking.  There are a number of treatments that can address hyperactivity such as a diet, behavior modification, and specialized treatments like neurofeedback.  However, it is important that you get your child properly evaluated by a qualified health care expert before any treatment or medication is given.  As mentioned earlier, there are many possible causes for hyperactivity, and all of these possibilities should be explored so your child receives the right treatment.

The bottom line

Just because your child is a little more hyper and excitable than other kids, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he or she has ADHD.  In fact, you might even discover that your child is simply acting within the normal range of behavior.   But if your child is diagnosed with ADHD, you might want to consider a holistic, all-natural treatment plan so that he or she overcomes the disorder in a safe and healthy manner.