What is ADHD?
ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and according to the American Psychiatric Association, is a mental disorder that causes inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity in an individual. It affects how you pay attention, sit still and control your behavior. It can also cause ‘laziness’ and being disorganized or a short attention span. Being easier to spot in children especially boys, it may persist into adulthood and may cause a person to have troubles organizing their life such as setting long term goals, or maintaining a particular job. People with ADHD tend to lose interest quickly, get bored easily or multitask (do multiple things at a time such as watching a movie while learning or reading).
Do you have ADHD?
People usually say there is nothing like ADHD or we all have ADHD sometimes but that is like saying we are all tall sometime because we meet shorter people. But someone who is 6 foot tall is definitely tall all the time. There are a lot of people who really can be recognized as really having ADHD. Typical signs of ADHD in people may include not being able to sit still, biting their nails, having a disorganized closet, room and car, are often being lazy or having too many things to do at a time.
You may often have difficulty concentrating on what people say or you even when they are speaking to you directly, you may have difficulty unwinding and relaxing when you have time to yourself. Do you find yourself putting things off till the last minute or you depend on people to keep your life in order? If any of these sound familiar here are five things to know:
1) It’s not your fault
2) It’s not all bad
3) Medications are not the only option for treatment
4) You have to get diagnosed and treated as soon as possible
5) I am not a real doctor.
ADHD symptoms vary by individual. You or your child may experience all or just some of the above symptoms, along with others detailed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–V). The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5) is the product of more than 10 years of effort by hundreds of international experts in all aspects of mental health.
Many people living with ADHD do not realize that they have it. An estimated 8.4% of children and 2.5% of adults have it. In school children, it may be identified as disruptions in the classroom, problems with finishing homework and class exercises on time and day-dreaming. Neuroscience, brain imaging, and clinical research tell us a few important things: ADHD is not a behavior disorder. ADHD is not a mental illness. ADHD is not a specific learning disability. ADHD is, instead, a developmental impairment of the brain’s self-management system. Both adults and children can be diagnosed with ADHD.
Although only a mental health professional can tell for sure whether a child has ADHD, it is important to be able to spot certain signs to help with early diagnoses and treatment. There are numerous ways to identify someone who has ADHD and some these things can make everyday life a challenge. Is your child having difficulty waiting patiently to take turns? Is he/she easily distracted or thrown off task or forgets to do things although they are constantly being reminded? And are any of your children haven’t problems with learning how to be organized or do they avoid activities that require sustained concentration and a lot of mental effort? Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors (may act without thinking about what the result will be), or be overly active. This may not be cause for concern or worry but it is always advisable to have them checked before further complications arise. Deciding if a child has ADHD is a process with several steps. There is no single test to diagnose ADHD, and many other problems, like anxiety, depression, sleep problems, and certain types of learning disabilities, can have similar symptoms.
While ADHD may not get worse, the impact on our lives and the lives of our loved ones may get worse without proper treatment and management.
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