Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)affects 5% of children and 2.5% of adults in the United States each year; common symptoms involve hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity. As noted by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), there are two main types of ADHD: inattentive or hyperactive/impulsive. The inattentive type of ADHD may involve difficulty paying close attention to details, problems staying focused on tasks, trouble listening when spoken to, trouble organizing tasks, disliking tasks that require sustained mental effort, and more. The hyperactive/impulsive type often involves not being able to stay seated, fidgeting or tapping hands or feet, difficulty engaging in activities quietly, talking excessively, interrupting others frequently, and more.
If you or your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, there may be several areas of daily life that may be affected, especially if not treated:
- Home – for both children and adults, difficulty organizing and trouble staying on task can make it particularly difficult when it comes to keeping the home tidy. With some children, behavioral problems such as displays of aggression and emotional outbursts can make parenting very challenging.
- Work – being unable to focus, finish projects, or start tasks can decrease a person’s productivity levels at work. In turn, this could lead to difficulties getting promotions or raises.
- School – children with ADHD may talk excessively and with their peers, which could get them in trouble in the classroom. Inability to focus their attention and constant fidgeting could greatly compromise their academic abilities if not treated appropriately.
- Relationships – for adults, ADHD could cause them to experience impulsivity and hyperactivity, which may not translate well with a significant other. Many kids experience social rejection and difficulties in interpersonal relationships due to the symptoms of their ADHD, which can make friendships a very difficult area to navigate.
There are many types of treatment available for ADHD, which can make it much easier to manage the disorder; examples of treatment include social skills training, medication, behavior therapy, educational support, and much more. If you or a loved one is experiencing distress in daily life caused by ADHD, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today. It’s never too late to seek the help you need.
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