If you are experiencing the former, you are most probably suffering from anxiety. But in case you are suffering from the latter, there is a greater chance of you suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
The common signs and symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are divided into 3 broad categories. They are:
The treatment depends from person to person. The most effective line of treatment is the combined use of medication and therapy. The most commonly used medications are stimulants and non-stimulants.
But in certain cases, especially in children, stimulants are avoided as they do more harm than good. They suppress growth hormones and result in further brain damage. Hence it’s important to avoid using these medications in such cases.
Also, behavioral therapy is extremely beneficial for adults suffering from it. But it’s quite difficult for the children to go through behavioral therapy as they fail to acknowledge the problem in the first place. So, it's very difficult for them to make changes in their behavior as per the given suggestion. However, certain techniques like reward and punishment work well with children.
Reductions of the symptoms are often a sign of reducing or stopping medications. Here are a few signs which indicate it’s time for you to stop these medications:
The above factors are indicators of when you can stop these medications. But make sure to consult your doctor before doing that.
According to a survey by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 6.1 million children in the United States were affected by ADHD in the year 2016. Another alarming data that came out of this survey was that 6 out of 10 children who had this disorder also suffered from other mental, behavioral, or emotional disorders.
Does that mean this is a child-only disorder? Well, absolutely not. In fact, according to another research, around 2.5% of the adult population suffers from this mental health disorder. But what exactly is ADHD? Let’s understand further.
ADHD, also known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, refers to a mental health disorder that leads to unusual levels of hyperactivity and impulsive behaviors in the person suffering from it. It is often characterized by the lack of the ability to focus on one thing or sit still in one place for long durations.
Though it may seem similar to the inattention we face so often in our daily lives, it’s not the same. This means its intensity and frequency are much more extreme for a person who is suffering from this mental health condition. This can severely impact their daily activities like work, life, and studies.
Despite several researches made on finding the cause of this mental disorder, it’s still unclear what actually causes it. But there are certain studies that have attributed it to certain factors. These factors include:
The diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is quite difficult as the symptoms vary from person to person. In the case of children, it is dependent on the number, history, and persistence of the symptomatic behaviors. It is also dependent on how a child behaves in different settings. Hence, it’s wise to ask their parents and teachers for feedback regarding the child’s behavior.
The diagnosis of this medical condition in children involves comparing the child’s behavior with other children of the same age. In order to record and document their behavior, a standardized rating scale is used. A physical exam of the child is required, including a vision and hearing test.
Its diagnosis in adults isn’t easy either. In order to establish the fact that an adult is suffering from the disorder, he/she must have current symptoms that date back to his/her childhood. In fact, it has been widely seen that half of the adults who suffer from it suffered from this disorder as a child.
Here’s how the apt diagnosis is made:
The effects of Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are different for both adults and children. It varies based on how they perceive things and life in general.
The children suffering from it mostly face problems with attention and concentration. Here’s how it affects the children:
Now coming to its effects of the disorder in adults. Adults experience things differently than a child does, which makes the situations more drastic for them. The key difference between the way an adult experiences the symptoms of this mental health disease is that they tend to avoid and skip activities, situations, jobs, and relationships quickly.
Here’s how it affects them:
Though ADD and ADHD are often used interchangeably, there’s a stark difference between the two. The person suffering from ADD has issues related to attention and concentration, but they lack the hyperactivity part. So, the people suffering from ADD have problems concentrating on a single thing and have a limited attention span. They are mostly calm and don’t show any signs of hyperactivity.
While ADHD, on the other hand, comes with attention problems along with hyperactivity. The person suffering from it displays symptoms like lack of concentration, trouble focussing on one thing for long, along with hyperactivity. So, such people have issues related to hyperactivity as well.
So, the difference between the two is due to the presence/absence of hyperactivity. In other words, ADD is ADHD minus hyperactivity.
Recovering from your symptoms can be quite tricky. Since there’s a, “no one size fits all” kind of treatment for it. It requires a bit of trial and error. So, finding a treatment that works for you is pivotal in treating it.
Though dealing with this disorder is a bit tricky, there’s a lot you can do on your own to manage your symptoms. Here’re a few ways that will help you cope better with it:
Maintain a proper exercise and sleep routine - Following an exercise routine and maintaining a proper sleep cycle is extremely important when it comes to coping with this disease. As exercise helps improve focus and concentration, which is very important for proper brain growth.
Having a proper sleep cycle is also important for optimum brain growth. So make sure you have at least 8 hours of sleep daily.
Coping with the symptoms of ADHD can be extremely difficult for you or your child. Hence you must reach out to a trusted therapist who can help you manage it properly. Finding the right therapist is vital for the effective treatment of this disorder. The right therapist can help you cope with it better by teaching you the required skills to manage it better. They can also help you manage your behavior and change the negative thought patterns into positive ones.
The right therapist is the one with whom you can establish a connection so that it becomes easy for you to open up about your issues. But this may take some time. You need to give at least 3 to 4 sessions with a therapist to build that sort of connection and trust.
You can easily find the list of various therapists/psychiatrists on our website. You can easily choose from the various specialists with different qualities like being a good listener, empathetic, caring, and helpful. You can even pick a therapist from your own culture who easily understands you.
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