Attention deficit

The Truth about ADHD

 

Did you know that adults can be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Currently, statistics highlight that there is a 4.4% worldwide prevalence of ADHD in adults. 

 

Though ADHD is often believed to be a childhood or teen disorder it is essential to understand that it is quite prevalent amongst adults. According to research males are expressed to be more prone to an ADHD diagnosis than females. While 4.2 % of females will be diagnosed with the disorder, a tripled amount of males (13%) will be diagnosed with the condition in their lifetime. 

 

According to the CDC Report, 11% (6.4 million) of American children aged 4-17 are faced with attention issues.  This included children of all races (Latinos, Blacks, and Whites). The average age group for ADHD to be experienced is seven years old, with symptoms beginning as early as age 3

 

What is Attention Hyperactivity Disorder? 

 

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is considered to be a medical challenge where the development and activity of the brain are altered, resulting in an inability to have self-control of one’s attention and sometimes stillness. 

 

What Causes ADHD? 

 

There is no one set cause attached to ADHD in either children or adults. But some possible reasons include: 

 

  • Brain Chemistry 

  • Family History

  • Developmental problems 

  • Environmental factors

  • Premature birth 

  • Exposure to smoke, drugs, or alcohol from mother during pregnancy 

  • Environmental toxicity 

 

Signs of ADHD

 

It is common for people who have ADHD not to be aware of it. Everyday tasks feel like an everlasting struggle to stay afloat, but they are not able to connect it to the disorder. It is common for adults and teens who are challenged with ADHD to struggle at school, at home, and in relationships.  Often times they may be unaware that their brain is wired differently. They begin wondering why they have to try harder than others which can lead to self-esteem issues.

Some signs of ADHD include: 

 

  • Difficulty staying focused

  • Forgetfulness 

  • Impulsiveness 

  • Feeling restless

  • Feeling overwhelmed

  • Difficulty completing tasks

  • Difficulty managing stress levels

  • Disorganization

 

 

When To Seek Treatment 

 

Deciding to see a mental health professional becomes important when ADHD interferes with multiple areas of your life. 

 

Treatment often ranges from psychological counseling to medication (stimulants and non-stimulants). The best treatment is combining medication with strategies to better organize day to day tasks. 

 

Whether you are an adult or parent of a teen with symptoms of ADHD Common Ground Psychiatry can help. Let’s work together.