What is ADHD?

John Neyman Jr
Dr. John is a counselor and therapist to ADHD children and their parents

What to know with ADHD?

ADHD OR Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a neurobehavioral developmental disorder that can affect both the children and adults. It is mainly differentiated by the attention problems and hyperactivity co-existence with each behavior taking place uncommonly alone. The symptoms start before seven years of age.

Usually, children with ADHD are acting without thinking, they are hyperactive, and have difficulty in focusing. Often, they may comprehend what’s expected of them, but they are having problems following through for the reason that they can’t pay attention, stay in one place, or focus on details.

On the other hand, we can’t deny the fact that all children and especially the young ones can perform or do this action always, mostly when they are anxious or excited. However in ADHD, the symptoms are there continually over a longer period of time and may take place in different settings. The sad thing about this disorder is that they damage a child’s ability and capability to function socially, academically, and at home.

ADHD is a common behavioral disorder that has an effect on estimated percentage of 8% to 10% of school-age children. According to studies, this diagnosed psychiatric disorder is affecting about 3% to 5% of children globally. Boys are about three times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with it, though it’s not yet understood why. However, it’s with 30% to 50% of those individuals diagnosed during their childhood that is continuing to have these psychiatric symptoms into adulthood.

It has also been observed that ADHD is diagnosed about two to four times more often in boys compared in girls. It have been suggested through studies, that this difference may be partially due to subjective prejudice of referring teachers. However for some they have no idea why certain observations were raised. For some physicians, the cause is not known. However, for researchers who study the activities of the brain are heading to understanding what the cause may be. According to them, some people with ADHD do not have enough chemicals called neurotransmitters in their brain. These chemicals are the one responsible in controlling ones behavior.

Its symptoms can be hard to distinguish from other disorders. Due to this, the chances of missing the diagnosis of ADHD are increasing. Furthermore, the majority clinicians did not undergo formal training in the assessment and treatment of ADHD and mostly in adult patients.

A mere fact that diagnosing and treating ADHD have been considered controversial for over years now. Involved in this argument are the physicians, policy makers, parents, media, and teachers. The good news is that ADHD can be managed. This usually involves some combination of medications, lifestyle changes, character adjustments, and counseling. In children with ADHD, proper treatment can be learned to effectively live with this disorder and managed their symptoms.

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