Have you ever wondered if you or a member of your family has ADHD? Do you understand what exactly ADHD is? What’s the difference between ADD and ADHD?
These are just a few of the many questions that our patients here at Achieve Wellness Group come into our offices asking us about ADHD. So we thought that we would explain the basics in a blog article to help you better understand the facts. To shed the light on the subject we have compiled a list of the top 10 things that you need to know about ADHD.
Top 10 things that you need to know about ADHD:
- ADHD is one of the most common psychiatric conditions affecting an estimated 2-7% of the population (depending on the criteria used to diagnose the disorder).
- An estimated 30-50% of children diagnosed with ADHD continue to have symptoms into their adult life.
- ADHD and ADD are very similar diagnosis’ except the person suffering from ADD is generally calmer without the hyperactivity.
- Up until the early 90’s both ADHD and ADD were labeled as ADD. These days both disorders are labeled ADHD with or without the hyperactivity and impulsivity symptoms.
- Those with ADHD not only have a problem keeping their attention but poor memory usually accompanies a combination of symptoms for a person to be diagnosed with ADHD.
- The person suffering from ADHD can be observed avoiding tasks that take long periods of mental effort. They may appear and get labeled as “lazy” but this is not the case.
- ADHD is associated with poor organizational skills and often misplacing items such as books, backpack, homework, phones, keys, etc.
- The individual with ADHD appears to ignore people when spoken to and regularly fails to follow instructions (despite wanting to pay attention and follow instructions).
- ADHD sufferers often make mistakes and appear to be careless when making decisions.
- Symptoms must be present for a minimum of 6 months before a diagnosis of ADHD can be made as outlined by specific criteria.
ADHD Treatment Options:
Treating ADHD usually begins by educating yourself about the disorder. This blog post is a good place to start. However, you are encouraged to do further research. More importantly, be sure to speak with a professional before making conclusions because many times these symptoms can be caused by other underlying conditions such as anxiety, bipolar disorder or symptoms of mania.
ADHD treatment typically involves a combination of medication, change of lifestyle, changing habits, learning coping skills and regular ADHD counseling.
This is just a partial list of ADHD facts, symptoms and treatment options. The above information about ADHD is meant to be used as a basic guide to ADHD and in no way should be used to diagnose the disorder because only a professional can make an ADHD diagnoses. To be diagnosed with the disorder you must meet stringent criteria as defined by the American Psychiatric Association. *Ask your therapist.
Did you find this article about ADHD helpful? Share it with your friends on Facebook and remember to read all of the other articles that we have on our blog. Also, stay up to date about our latest articles by becoming a fan of our Facebook page. See you there!