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Understanding ADHD

What is ADHD?

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It causes a high level of hyperactive and disruptive behaviour. People suffering from this kind of disorder are unable to sit at one place; they have a short attention span, are unable to follow instructions, have regular bursts of temper and are not very good with organizing things. They often get into trouble with their peers, family and other subordinates.

It is basically children who suffer from this kind of disorder. Often, these kids are branded as trouble makers, but when in reality, they are as good as any other kid and have their own set of talents. A child suffering from this disorder is unable to process the subject taught in class and unable to complete his/her assignments.

A survey has shown that most of the students who suffer from this disorder belong to the age group of five to seventeen.

Unfortunately, ADHD is not so easy to diagnose, but if it is diagnosed in the early stages, the kids suffering from it can be helped and they may be able to improve themselves.

Types of ADHD

ADHD can be divided into three types. They are:

  • Predominantly Inattentive Type- Kids suffering from this kind type of ADHD are unable to finish tasks on time and have shorter attention span. This type is common among girls. Kids with this type of ADHD also don’t tend to disrupt the class.

  • Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type- Kids suffering from this type of ADHD are mostly impatient, fidget a lot and are known to interrupt a lot. Paying attention in class is not a concern, though completion of tasks on time can become a major question.

  • Combined Hyperactive-Impulsive and Inattentive Type- This form of ADHD is the combination of the first two types mentioned above. Kids suffering from this type have all the tendencies mentioned above

ADHD in adults

ADHD in adults are even more difficult to diagnose. Adults who are diagnosed with ADHD would have had the problem since childhood, but would have gone unnoticed and untreated. Adults can suffer from any of the three types of ADHD. Due to physical and mental differences between adults and kids, the symptoms are different. Continuous mood swing, depression, procrastinating work, unable to remember instructions and directions are some of the symptoms of this particular kind of disorder in adults.

In the end, one must support people who suffer from this disorder. Lesser work, shorter instructions would help. It is also important to be normal to them. Therapy and medicine can always help but in the end, they need the support of their family and friends, which is the most effective medicine of all.

Source: Healthline


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