Understanding ADHD

ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a behavioral condition in which a person has trouble sitting still, always unfocused and acts without thinking. This begins in childhood and may remain even into adulthood. Three times more common among boys than in girls, ADHD can pose problems in an individual’s social life.

Symptoms of ADHD

There are three symptoms this disorder is known for. Firstly, a child, or an adult, with such a disorder is likely to fidget or run around at times even when it is uncalled for. This is the hyperactivity side of this condition.

Secondly, the person also has trouble staying focused as he or she is having difficulty in concentrating on a certain task given to him or her.

Finally, the individual does things without thinking of it first. Or in other words, an individual with ADHD may talk louder than usual, or laugh even if the circumstance does not call for such an action.

Diagnosis ADHD

Diagnosing this disorder requires the psychiatrist to determine the age of a child, since ADHD is exhibited between the ages of 6 to 12 years old. The doctor will give certain tests to know whether the child has other disorders like inability to learn or other psychological disorders, like depression or anxiety.

Complications of ADHD

Among adults, ADHD poses a problem in their social lives as well as with their own. They always forget things; have difficulty to organize things, and getting their tasks done.

Statistically, those with this disorder are more likely to have more relationship or marital issues, which result to a break-up or a divorce, than those who do not. They are more highly to engage into substance abuse.

However, despite their condition, they have an appetite for knowledge as they are very curious about things and like to know things. Through this some adults who tend to find ways to turn this condition into a strength using that ability.

How is ADHD treated?

Though there are no existing cures for ADHD, medicines can be given to control the symptoms. Group therapy can also be devised for people with this disorder. Basically, the medicines given to people with this condition may suffer from certain side effects ranging from sensations like headaches, stomachaches to loss of appetite and sleeping problems.