Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a group of behavioural symptoms that include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.
ADHD is something many of us may have heard about in school, possibly when we were younger and a school student may have been known for having ADHD. Which to the extent of most of our knowledge at the time was assumed as a disorder which made concentration and holding their attention hard, as well as having hyperactive tendencies. But there is a lot more to this disorder…
Those with ADHD tend to be noticed at an early age and may become more noticeable when a child’s circumstances change, such as when they start school. Most cases are diagnosed when children are 6 to 12 years old.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – or ADHD – is thought to be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain that affects attention, concentration and impulsivity.
Someone with ADHD might have significant attention problems, appear restless, fidgety, overactive and impulsive. They can act before thinking and often speak before thinking by blurting out and interrupting others.
ADHD isn’t a disease or the result of damage to the brain but is a dysfunction that means the brain doesn’t function in the way it should. Studies show that ADHD may affect certain areas of the brain that allow us to solve problems, plan ahead, understand others’ actions, and control our impulses. It begins in childhood and can continue through adolescence and into adulthood.
- overactive and/or impulsive behaviour
- an inattention to details and makes careless mistakes
- trouble finishing work or school projects
- difficulty in paying attention and easily distracted
- always “on the go”
Many suffer from ADHD including celebrities such as Channing Tatum, Justin Timberlake, Adam Levine and Karina Smirnoff.
Treatment wise medication is often approached however non-medical ways of managing ADHD include exercise, healthy diet, sleep management and behavioural therapies.
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