Do you feel like you’re hyperactive, impulsive, or unable to pay attention at school, work, and home?
If so, you may be experiencing the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). You’re not alone. ADHD is a common disorder, affecting an estimated 4.4% of adults.
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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder associated with difficulty concentrating, impulsive behavior, or hyperactivity. Although the exact cause of ADHD is unknown, it is believed to be caused by abnormalities in brain function that inhibit a person’s impulse control and attention abilities.
Millions of people around the world have been diagnosed with ADHD. ADHD is more common in males than females and affects an estimated 4.4% of adults globally.
A person with ADHD has trouble paying attention to details, tends to act without thinking, and has difficulty sitting still.
ADHD is not the same as having a short attention span. Most people can focus on something interesting for quite some time but have more trouble focusing when they are bored or tired. People with ADHD cannot concentrate even when something is highly interesting to them.
With treatment, ADHD can be managed effectively.
People with ADHD will often experience a range of symptoms. These symptoms may vary from person to person and may change throughout life. The following are the most common symptoms of ADHD.
People with ADHD may experience inattention, which makes it difficult for them to focus on a task or conversation. This can cause everyday tasks to become challenging, such as following a recipe while cooking, going over homework with your child, or balancing a checkbook.
- Easily distracted
- Difficulty completing a single task
- Losing things
- Struggling with directions
- Becoming bored easily
People with hyperactivity often seem to be constantly in motion, even when they are required to remain seated or calm down. This restlessness affects children as well as adults, making it difficult for them to complete tasks or participate in activities quietly. Hyperactivity can negatively affect a person’s ability to perform well in school, work, and social situations.
- Restlessness (fidgeting or squirming)
- Non-stop talking
- Touching everything
Impulsive behavior is often expressed as blurting out inappropriate comments, difficulty waiting for one’s turn, or interrupting other people. People with impulsive traits may also experience trouble stopping and thinking things through before reacting. Impulsive behavior can negatively affect a person’s ability to perform well in school, work, and social situations.
- Blurting out
- Difficulty taking turns or waiting
- Interrupting others
The exact causes of ADHD are currently unknown. However, there are several factors believed to cause ADHD.
Genetics – ADHD tends to run in families. People with a parent or sibling who have ADHD are more likely to develop the disorder as well.
Environment – Exposure to environmental toxins, such as lead and PCBs, may increase a child’s risk of developing ADHD. In addition, alcohol and tobacco use during pregnancy may contribute to the development of ADHD.
Certain medications – ADHD is often related to the use of stimulants, such as Ritalin or Adderall. For this reason, people who take these types of medications may experience a worsening in their symptoms when they stop taking the medication. In addition, certain antibiotics, heart and blood pressure medications, and antidepressants can make ADHD worse.
Other factors – There are also other factors that may contribute to the development of ADHD. These include preterm birth, maternal smoking during pregnancy, problems during delivery, and head injury.
Diagnosing ADHD can be challenging since there is no one test used to confirm the disorder. To receive an ADHD diagnosis, you must have experienced at least 6 symptoms of inattention for at least 6 months. Your doctor may ask about your childhood behavior and current life situation to help determine whether or not you are experiencing ADHD.
The following tests may be used to rule out other conditions that could explain your symptoms:
Neurological testing – This type of testing is usually performed if there are concerns about brain injury, seizures, or other neurological problems.
Blood tests – These tests can be used to screen for thyroid disorders and rule out any other conditions with similar symptoms.
Urine/blood tests – These tests may be done to screen for drugs or other substances that can cause ADHD-like symptoms.
Psychological evaluation – Your doctor may refer you to a mental health professional who will conduct an individual interview and testing to assess whether or not you are experiencing ADHD.
The main treatment options for adults with ADHD involve medication, therapy, or both.
Medication – Stimulants are often used to treat ADHD. It may take some trial and error before finding the best medication that works for each individual.
Therapy – Therapy is another effective treatment option for adults with ADHD. There are specific therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which can teach you how to manage your symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.
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Are you struggling with work, school, or home life due to inattention, hyperactivity, or impulsivity?
If so, you’re not alone and help is available.
You don’t have to struggle with ADHD symptoms any longer. With our help, you can overcome your symptoms and finally start living the life you want.
Contact Amend Treatment to learn how ADHD treatment can help you today.