ADHD - What is it and what can I do if I have it ?

Updated: Apr 23

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, which is a group of behavioural symptoms that include poor attention and concentration, being overly active or hyperactive and impulsiveness.


ADHD is experienced more in boys than girls and is often diagnosed early in school.


What are the symptoms of ADHD?


If you show all symptoms of ADHD (inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness) you may have ADHD Combined which is the most common form of ADHD.


Inattentiveness:

  • Short attention span

  • Being easily distracted

  • Difficulty with organisation

  • Finding it hard to concentrate

  • Being forgetful or losing things

  • Poor listening skills

  • Difficulty carrying out instructions


Hyperactivity:

  • Difficulty sitting still

  • Excessive movement

  • Excessive talking


Impulsiveness:

  • Disrupting routines

  • No sense of danger

  • Acting without thinking

  • Problems during quiet activities


What are the causes of ADHD?


The cause of ADHD is unknown yet there are some factors that are thought to be responsible,

such as exposure to toxins during pregnancy.


If a woman smokes, drinks alcohol or takes drugs during pregnancy they are more likely to have a child that has ADHD.


Genetics:


It is thought that it is possible to inherit ADHD from family members. ADHD tends to run in families.


It is believed that brain chemistry plays a role in those who suffer from ADHD. It is thought that the chemicals in the brain, responsible for carrying messages, known as neurotransmitters, do not function in the same way as those without the condition.


ADHD Treatments


There is no cure for ADHD yet there are treatments that are available that help lessen the symptoms of ADHD and allow the person to lead a much more problem free day to day life.

ADHD can be treated with medication or therapy but a combination of both is advised.




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