Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a highly genetic brain disorder characterized by an ongoing pattern of inattention, hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with daily functioning. Nearly 11 million people in the United States experience ADHD, with many exhibiting symptoms of this in early childhood. While many people without ADHD experience inattention or hyperactivity, even impulsiveness from time to time, those with ADHD experience these symptoms more often and in more severity. Because of this, their ability to function at school, work, and in social events is reduced in quality.
Each person experiences ADHD, per those three subtypes mentioned earlier. It is not limited to strictly children – men and women of all ages can be diagnosed with this disorder. There are several different symptoms that must be present for a person to be diagnosed with ADHD. Typically, 6 or more symptoms in any one category need to present for at least 6 months or more. If you have been diagnosed with ADHD, you were likely given one of the following categories:
Combined presentation: Several symptoms of both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive have been present for 6 months or longer
Predominantly Inattentive presentation: Several symptoms of inattentiveness, but not hyperactivity or impulsiveness, have been present for 6 months or longer
Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive presentation: Several symptoms of hyperactive-impulsiveness, but not inattentiveness, have been present for 6 months or longer
ADHD is highly treatable. Most often treatment involves cognitive behavioral therapy, which helps people to change their pattern of thinking to what would be most positive, beneficial, and productive to their lives. The right treatment center will provide you with a therapist who understands ADHD thoroughly and will not make you feel ashamed about your disorder. In addition to therapy, medication is typically provided to help normalize brain activity.
According to a 2017 imaging study, as many as five regions in the brain of a person with ADHD may not be fully developed. This finding is hoped to relieve some stigma that often comes with ADHD – that people with ADHD either purposefully act the way they do or that their parents raised them poorly – neither of which is related to the disorder. If you are finding difficulty in everyday tasks, make the decision to seek help today. Treatment is available.
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