ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder


Initially I wasn’t going to include this in my blog. After doing some research on the topic, I feel it is imperative that I do. This is not merely a childhood illness like the chickenpox and one does not outgrow ADHD. It is an issue that does continue through adolescents and adulthood. Also, after doing some reading, I’m positive that I have at least one child with ADHD and a Hubs and possibly even myself….

Some symptoms of ADHD include

  • Difficulty staying focused on one thing
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Difficulty controlling one’s behavior
  • Hyperactivity

There are three different sub-types of ADHD. These are: Predominantly Hyperactive-impulsive, Predominantly Inattentive and Combined hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive. Let’s take a closer look at each of these.

Inattentive

  • Easily distracted, misses details, forgets things, switches from activity to activity. A person with ADHD may have several different projects going on at one time and not completing any of them.
  • Becomes bored easily, especially if it’s something they are not interested in.
  • Has difficulty focusing on one thing.
  • Has difficulty organizing and completing tasks or learning something new.
  • Trouble completing and turning in assignments for school or work.
  • Loses things.
  • Does not seem to listen when spoken to.
  • Has problems processing information as quickly and accurately as others.
  • Struggles to follow instructions.

Hyperactivity Symptoms

  • Fidgets or squirms in seat
  • Talks non-stop.
  • Runs around, jumping from one activity to another, touching everything and anything that’s around them.
  • Trouble sitting still, especially during a movie, conference or in the classroom.
  • Constant motion – can not stop moving.
  • Trouble with quiet tasks – such as reading, in the classroom, going to the library.

Impulsivity 

  • Very impatient – can’t wait for an extended period of time.
  • Blurts out inappropriate comments, shows emotion without holding back, acts out without regard for consequences.
  • Interrupts others conversations and activities.
*It’s important to point out that ADHD can be mistake for other problems. It’s best to have your child or yourself evaluated before you make any assumptions as to whether you or your child may be suffering from ADHD. If you suspect ADHD is an issue, please bring it to your health care providers attention.*
So how is ADHD diagnosed? It’s not easy as stated above, it can be mistaken for other problems and can also co-exist with other conditions as well. Receiving a proper diagnosis is important for both yourself and your child.
The first symptoms of ADHD occur sometime between the ages of 3 to 6 years of age. There is no single test preformed to diagnosis ADHD and can only be done upon the observation of parents, caregivers and trained professionals. If you see your child’s pediatrician or your own General practitioner, they will probably refer you to a trained mental health specialist with experience in ADHD. If you are seeing your psychiatrist he will be able help you in this area as well.
Medication is usually used primarily in the treatment of ADHD. Until medication is working properly a child or adult may not respond very well to therapy. It is however important to learn how to manage your’s or your child’s symptoms through therapy, but giving the meds a chance to work while working through behavioral issues is important as well. Medication is not a cure and what works for one person may not work for another. Therefore we are given many different medication options, some of those being stimulants or non-stimulants. It is up to you and your healthcare provider which type is best for you.
Persons suffering from ADHD will benefit from Behavioral Therapy. Behavioral therapy can help in teaching social skills, waiting patiently, sharing with others, asking for help and how to respond to teasing or bullying.
If you are a parent, one of the biggest questions you’ll have is, how can I help? Well for starters, get yourself educated, forgive yourself for being frustrated and annoyed before you knew there was a problem, ask your child to forgive you, wipe the slate clean and start with a fresh and open mind. Realize that there is nothing wrong with your child, you have nothing to be ashamed of and either does your child and then start using some of the tips listed below.
  1. Help with guidance and understanding. In the beginning your child is going to have no clue what to expect. Helping them understand that you will be there to help them with anything they don’t understand will eliviated some of the stress off of them. Understand that when they are having issues and helping them learn to re-direct and re-focus is an awesome thing!
  2. Be educated! Everyone in the family needs to learn what ADHD is and how they can play a part in helping.
  3. Take a parenting skills class. This will help you to learn how to implement a rewards, consequence system.
  4. Spend time together. Do something the child enjoys
  5. Limit over stimulating activities.
If you would like to learn more about ADHD I suggest you visit The National Institute of Mental Health They have a very good resource booklet that you can read through to get a better understanding.
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2 thoughts on “ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

  1. Great job on this blog and this post.

    I’m so glad you decided to broach ADD here – it is especially important for anyone struggling (or coping well) with Bipolar Disorder to understand that, whether they can get a doctor to agree with them or not, they may well have comorbid ADD complicating the picture.

    While “true bipolar” is certainly tricky to manage, even WITH meds, did you realize that mood swings are also part of the ADD brainstyle? (yeah, neither do some doctors!) Some ADDers swing like “true bipolars,” but the reason is not the same, so the treatment is different – at least, it is if you expect it to WORK!

    As I’m sure YOU know (and many of your readers have already discovered), more than a few docs are scared to death of bipolar, others don’t know enough about comorbids to really understand the concepts well enough TO dx when more than one is present — and still others refuse to medicate ADD when bipolar is present, so tend to argue with the ADD dx itself.

    And that’s a shame, because I believe the more you understand about what’s going on with your brain, the better able you are to drive that brain, and the greater success and happiness you will experience in your life, meds or no meds.

    In any case, if any of your readers suspect ADD is part of their family picture, they may need more specifically focused info than they will find on the more “generalist” mental health sites, even NAMI, as great as it is.

    As an ADD pro myself, founder and developer of the worlds’s first ADD-specific coaching curriculum, and ADD Poster Girl, I’ve been studying & working with ADD and its comorbids for 25 years. I promise you there’s a LOT more to it than you’ll find on ANY site’s “list of what to look for.”

    I’d recommend starting with one of the ADD docs themselves (ie., Thom Brown, Charlie Parker, Ned Hallowell, John Ratey, Ari Tuckman, etc.). I also recommend joining a site like ADDerworld.com (free, but you must sign up — kind of an ADD “FaceBook”), so you can read what others are experiencing to see if it sounds familiar to you.

    I’d also suggest you click around on my blog – TONS of info on tons of topics, with links to more. If you decide to pursue diagnosis, be SURE to go get my article on 10 questions to ask to find a G-R-E-A-T ADD Doc (search for it with the dashes), and it will link you 10 meds questions, should you decide to pursue medication.

    Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, SCAC, MCC – (blogging at ADDandSoMuchMore and on ADDerWorld – dot com!)
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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  2. Thank you! A million times over, thank you! I will check out your site tomorrow as I’ll have more time to really go over what you have there! I am overwhelmed by your generosity to offer so much information to not only myself, but to my readers’ as well. Doctor’s are extremely afraid of dx’ing both Bipolar and ADHD….finding a balance between mania (caused by stimulants) and mood swings (most likely caused by ADD), the combo can be scary. Finding a good pdoc is absolutely the key in getting the proper care and treatment! Again, thank you!!

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