ADHD

ADHD – What You Need to Know

    Have you ever complained about having a short attention span? Do you find yourself cutting talks or interrupting others? Have you ever found yourself pacing back and forth in a room with no reason at all? These signs and other similar to them are of a psychotic disorder called ADHD.     Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)is a neurobehavioral disorder and is most common among children. It is a condition that makes it difficult for a person to control his or her impulsive behaviors or pay attention. People, especially children, with ADHD constantly show symptoms of impulsivity, distractibility, hyperactivity, and inattentiveness.     ADHD affects all kinds of different aspects of a person's lives. For example, some children face difficulty while concentrating on their studies or other tasks. On the other hand, some have trouble getting along with friends, teachers, and even parents.    

Symptoms

  One of the frequently asked questions relating to this condition is whether the condition is overdiagnosed. The point is problems like hyperactivity or short attention span are quite common among children, corresponding a child's developmental age. Symptoms will only be taken as indicators of ADHD if their existence impairs, or have a negative effect on, a person's functioning at home or at work or at school, whatever the case may be.     Generally, people also ignore the symptom and let the condition turn chronic. If someone is the youngest in the family, these signs are often ignored out of love. Parents and teachers' thresholds of forgiveness for children is generally low and some of the visible signs of the condition are not taken into consideration when analyzing a child's behavioral problems.     In such cases, it is important to rate a child's ability to do certain things at school or at home or on a sports ground. This way will help determine the pattern that the child follows to grade the extent of the disease, or the existence thereof.     To identify whether someone has the disease, look for the following most common symptoms:    

Symptoms of Inattention

 
  • Easily distracted by irrelevant sounds or sights
  • Fails to finish the work (school's or household chores) in a timely manner
  • Appears to be daydreaming
  • Doesn't listen to what others are saying

Symptoms of Hyperactivity

  • Unable to stay seated
  • Constant fidgeting with hands or feet
  • Has trouble waiting in line or taking turns
  • Grab things from people without intimation
   

Treatment

  Since the condition is more common among children, it is parents that have to deal with the nitty gritty of the disorder. A majority of parents doesn't seem comfortable in giving medicines to their children.  Patients who receive therapy are often given a mild dose of medicines. A combination of both - therapy and medications - can also be chosen to help the patient recover from the disease, or be able to control the symptoms, in a short time.     The level of the treatment of the disorder depends on the severity of a person's condition. And what is the best for the patient should be left to a medical practitioner.      
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What Are The Effects Of Adult ADHD On Their Lives?

    It’s an understatement to say that Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder (ADHD) can disturb your life as an adult. From your career to the romantic and domestic aspects of your life- all can be adversely affected due to this mental health condition.   To understand the urgency of a medical treatment, take a look at some of the effects of adult ADHD on your life.  

Impacts of Adult ADHD

  Whether your ADHD is undiagnosed and untreated, or diagnosed and untreated, it can disrupt the balance you aim to achieve in your life. Some of the common problems you face because of it include:    

Health Issues

  If the signs of ADHD are overlooked, you might encounter numerous health issues such as uncontrolled eating habits, anxiety, drug or alcohol abuse, high stress levels, and low levels of self-esteem. If you struggle with Inattentive ADHD, you might neglect medications and/or disregard important doctor check-ups that may lead to other problems.    

Faltering Personal Relationships

  ADHD can deteriorate your relationships with family or your significant other. You might be prone to a disorganized or messy lifestyle and the constant complaining from  family members or your partner may frustrate you. This results in fights and arguments. You may appear ‘careless’ or ‘insensitive’ or ‘uninterested’ which can end up hurting them.    

Workplace Challenges

  ADHD in adults often results in several workplace challenges that make it difficult for them to keep up with routine work. These hurdles may also induce a sense of failure. Some work place difficulties that adults with ADHD may encounter include inability to comply with the rules and policies, failure to meet deadlines, lethargy and a sluggish attitude, showing up late to work, etc. They may also encounter financial problems such as unpaid bills, overspending, poor budgeting, high debt ratio, etc.   If you notice signs of ADHD in yourself or a beloved, contact us to access expert psychiatric treatment. Treatment can save you from feeling hopeless, disappointed, frustrated and angered with yourself, allowing you to live a well-balanced life in the long term. Mental health is important, take a step in the right direction today.    
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ADD VS ADHD- What’s the Difference?

   

What is ADHD?

  ADHD is a medically recognized term for the mental health condition known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This disorder is also associated with ADD or Attention Deficit Disorder.  However, it is now only used to describe mental health conditions where individuals bear a lack of focus, inattentiveness or a short attention span- a type of ADHD.     Simple difference between the two conditions is that people with ADHD are hyperactive or impulsive, while people with ADD (type of ADHD) are inattentive    

Types of ADHD

  There are three types of ADHD: Inattentive, Hyperactive, and Mixed ADHD.    

Inattentive ADHD

  Inattentive ADHD is recognized as a child exhibiting nonchalant and uninterested behavior. Adults on the other hand exhibit problems in regulating their emotions.  Some of the symptoms of this mental condition are:
  • Failure to pay attention to details
  • Careless mistakes
  • Inability to listen when spoken to
  • Inability to execute projects to an end
  • Challenges with leadership positions
  • Refusal or hesitance to commit to mentally engaging/demanding tasks
  • Submission to distractions
  • Forgetfulness
 

Hyperactive ADHD

  Hyperactive or otherwise known as Impulsive ADHD is the archetypal type of mental condition where individuals are hyperactive in their daily lives. Some of the symptoms of this condition are:
  • Inability to sit motionless in a place
  • Running, jumping or climbing in inappropriate places among preadolescents, while adolescents and adults may be physically restless
  • Inability to enjoy peace and quiet
  • Talkative
  • Inability to hold back or filter words
  • Inability to wait in queues
  • Constant interruptions in conversations
 

Combined/ Mixed ADHD

    Combined/ Mixed ADHD is diagnosed when an individual has 6 or more common signs of Inattentive ADHD, and 6 or more Hyper-Impulsive ADHD.     Consult our expert psychiatrists for diagnosis or medical treatment for ADHD.    
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