ADHD – attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — affects between 7 and 11 percent of children in the United States, and nearly as many adults (who once were ADHD children). Most people do not out grow the condition, contrary to what was once believed.
But what is it, really? This video from PsychHub offers a brief description of what ADHD is, and what it feels like.
There are three types of ADHD: hyperactive-impulsive type, inattentive-passive type and combined type.
Among the symptoms are difficulty focusing, paying attention and staying on task. People with the condition can be impulsive and behave as if “driven by a motor.” They also have difficulty with time management, regulation of emotions, executive function (the ability to begin an activity, get organized and manage tasks) and sometimes have problems with working memory and with sleep.
Not every person has every symptom.
Adults with the condition struggle with many of the same challenges as do children – but some of the symptoms present differently. Hyperactivity can appear as fidgeting, or jiggling one’s leg — or rapid speech, for instance.
But adults face additional issues that children do not, such as sexual and other intimate relationships, marriage, parenting, employment and so on.
But for both children and adults, lives can be significantly damaged and sometimes even destroyed by the condition if left untreated.
Do not hesitate to seek help if you feel you may be affected by ADHD. You’ll be glad you did.
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