Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the five main conditions treated by the Mental Hygiene Service of the IMSS.
ADHD, explained the head of the Pediatric Mental Hygiene Service at La Raza Hospital, Angel Jimenez Sanjuan, is a behavioral neurological problem characterized by moderate to severe distraction, short attention spans, motor restlessness, emotional instability and impulsive behaviors.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the five main conditions treated by the Mental Hygiene Service of the IMSS, because many times children who suffer from it suffer from depression or rejection: “In schools or at home they start to label them as problem children, badly behaved or rude, when they really cannot control what they have, so they become depressed and feel rejected,” he said.
He explained that this condition is addressed at the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) by helping to promote basic learning processes, improving self-esteem, behavior, setting limits, self-control in the face of impulsiveness and tolerance of frustration.
Part of the therapy, she said, consists of parents taking their children to group and coordination activities such as ballet classes, Arabic dance, sports that involve physical effort, basketball, soccer or athletics.
In addition, he reported that IMSS handles a behavioral modulator called Methylphenidate that can be supplemented with a cortical modulator such as Lamotrigine, Carbamazepine, Magnesium Balbate, and children respond well to treatment.
Jiménez Sanjuan indicated that this disorder predominates more in boys than in girls, however, in them it is more aggressive, “even so they can be managed and it has been detected that the younger ones respond much better to medical treatment”.
The treatment is not lifelong; children can function very well once they are under control, and as they grow up they will improve, and it is important to keep parents’ attention on their activities during the teen years, she said.