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The Basics of ADHD

Apr 03, 2017

The Basics of ADHD

A brain disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is a disorder that causes a continuous of process of lack of attention or hyperactive-impulsive behavior that majorly interferes with the normal functioning of an individual.  It is not just a disorder seen in children, though it begins during the childhood and if not controlled continues in adulthood too. A person suffering from ADHD is unable to pay attention to a particular task and gets distracted thereby leaving the before said task incomplete. The person also is extremely impulsive and tends to take decisions based on impulse that may be a leading cause of harm.

Though most children have a problem focusing, children with ADHD have it at an extreme level. They exhibit the following signs and symptoms:

  • Make overly careless mistakes in school work or during other activities.
  • Have problem maintaining focus during tasks like playing, conversations, reading, etc.
  • Face problems while organizing activities.
  • Inability to follow instructions
  • Failure to complete homework, daily chores
  • Get sidetracked easily
  • Lose personal belongings very frequently
  • Fidget or squirm continuously
  • Talk continuously
  • Inability to wait for their turn
  • Interrupt others while speaking

Like most brain disorders, the exact cause of ADHD is not known. But there are certain risk factors which can act as precursors and lead to the development of ADHD. They include:

  • Genetic factors
  • Alcohol abuse by the mother during her pregnancy
  • Smoking and chewing tobacco by the mother during pregnancy
  • Exposure to environmental toxins like lead during pregnancy or childhood
  • Severe physical brain trauma

Though not curable, ADHD does have symptomatic treatments to bring the symptoms under control in order to lead a normal and functional life. These treatments usually involve psychotherapy, wherein the patient with ADHD is taught to evaluate his actions and then control them.  Types of psychotherapy are behavioral therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. In severe case, the treatment includes medications, wherein the symptoms are controlled via medicine, usually stimulants.

Disclaimer: The information given in this write-up is purely for educating the reader. It is not meant to be a substitute for any advice from a medical expert.

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