Attention Deficit hyperactivity Disorder in Kenya

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental disorder of the neuro-developmental type. It is characterized by problems paying attention, excessive activity, or difficulty controlling behavior which is not appropriate for a person’s age.

Symptoms

  • Inattentiveness

The main signs of inattentiveness are:
having a short attention span and being easily distracted
making careless mistakes – for example, in schoolwork
appearing forgetful or losing things
being unable to stick at tasks that are tedious or time-consuming
appearing to be unable to listen to or carry out instructions
constantly changing activity or task
having difficulty organising tasks

  • Hyperactivity and impulsiveness

The main signs of hyperactivity and impulsiveness are:
being unable to sit still, especially in calm or quiet surroundings
constantly fidgeting
excessive talking
interrupting conversations
being unable to concentrate on tasks
excessive physical movement
being unable to wait their turn
acting without thinking
little or no sense of danger
Some specialists have suggested the following list of symptoms associated with ADHD in adults:
carelessness and lack of attention to detail
continually starting new tasks before finishing old ones
poor organisational skills
inability to focus or prioritise
continually losing or misplacing things
forgetfulness
restlessness and edginess
difficulty keeping quiet and speaking out of turn
blurting out responses and often interrupting others
mood swings, irritability and a quick temper
inability to deal with stress
extreme impatience
taking risks in activities, often with little or no regard for personal safety or the safety of others – for example, driving dangerously

Causes
The cause of most cases of ADHD is unknown; however, it is believed to involve interactions between genetic and environmental factors.

Test
person’s childhood behavioral and mental development, including ruling out the effects of drugs, medications and other medical or psychiatric problems as explanations for the symptoms. It often takes into account feedback from parents and teachers,with most diagnoses begun after a teacher raises concerns.

Management
The management of ADHD typically involves counseling or medications either alone or in combination. While treatment may improve long-term outcomes, it does not get rid of negative outcomes entirely. Medications used include stimulants, atomoxetine, alpha-2 adrenergic receptor agonists, and sometimes antidepressants

ADHD Schools in Kenya

1.Gibsons School

Gibson’s School.
P.O Box 62042-00200,
Nairobi, Kenya |
Email: info@gibsonschool.co.ke
Tel: +254722740937,+254733516534,+254713219573,+254731257004

2.The Grangeville School

The Grangeville School
P.O. Box 0867–00100
Nairobi, Kenya
East Africa.
Mobile Numbers: +254734848416 / +254716916274
Email: info@thegrangevilleschool.ac.ke

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