October is ADHD awareness month. There are some misconceptions about ADHD and the following facts are here to keep you informed that this is a real condition that affects many people throughout the world. Nearly every mainstream medical, psychological, and educational organization in the United States long ago concluded that Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a real brain based medical disorder. And both children and adults can benefit from treatment. ADHD is a non-discriminatory disorder affecting people of every age, gender, IQ, religious and socio-economic background. ADHD and ADD all refer to the same disorder. The only difference is that some people have the hyperactivity aspect.
Diagnosing is a bit complex. To be considered ADHD, the person must show a large number of symptoms for a minimum of six months. Many symptoms can be construed as normal behavior, so diagnosing needs to be done very carefully. There have a been a number of cases over the years when people have been misdiagnosed as ADHD. What makes ADHD different from other conditions is that the symptoms are excessive, pervasive, and persistent. That is, behaviors are more extreme, show up in multiple settings, and continue showing up throughout life.
ADHD is both genetic and a brain disorder. The factors that appear to increase a child’s likelihood of having the disorder include gender, family history, prenatal risks, environmental toxins, and physical differences in the brain. There are multitudes of treatments available including medication, various types of psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, education or training, and educational support. Usually a person with ADHD receives a combination of treatments.
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