This page discusses ADHD.
While it is not uncommon for children and teens to be diagnosed with a mental illness known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, adults can also suffer from this condition, which is characterized by inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity.
These traits are often displayed by children at some point in their development, but it is when specific behavior is inappropriate for them at specific ages that a diagnosis is determined.
There are variations of ADHD that may not be true for children, and this may simply mean that the adult is restless rather than hyperactive. In addition to that, adults that are experiencing symptoms of this condition frequently have problems related to employment and interpersonal relationships.
ADHD is categorized into three different types that include:
Most healthcare professionals diagnose ADHD when some impairment symptoms present themselves before a child turns seven years of age. Along with that, these symptoms of impairment must show up in a number of settings not just one. An example of that would be the same impairment shows up as home and at work as well, or at home and at school. At the same time, these symptoms must be clearly interfering with the ability to function in the environments they find themselves in.
Symptoms of ADHD also fall into three different categories:
Noticeable symptoms are:
Preschoolers and toddlers who are constantly on the move may have this disorder, and this is particularly true if they do not seem to be able to
participate in group activities where they must be still, such as
listening to a story. Children of school age may not be quite as mobile,
but they may still fidget and squirm a lot, or talk too much. Teens and
adults with this Mental Illness are often restless and are unable to
spend time with sedentary activities.
Impulsivity has the potential for causing accidents like bumping into people or knocking things over.
ADHD in children sometimes leads them to engage in activities that are dangerous without them taking the time to consider what could happen like climbing on things that cannot support their weight.
Lots of normal children do this from time to time
but not as frequently as those with ADHD. Children who are diagnosed
with this Mental Illness exhibit this type of behavior consistently and
it interferes with their ability to function at a normal level.
There are a variety of treatments offered for those with ADHD.
These include certain medications, diet, and therapy.
Each patient is different and therefore must be treated on an individual basis to determine which solution or combination of treatment is appropriate.
While there may as yet be no known one cause for ADHD, some believe that there are some commonalities involved.
Some even believe that sugar plays a role.
More research is required to determine the real cause, but for now knowledge is power because it helps people recognize this condition and become more tolerant of those suffering from it.
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