What is ADHD?
ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. ADHD is one of the most common disorders; it is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts until adulthood. Children with ADHD are likely to have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors (may act without thinking about what the result will be), or be overly active. Symptoms of ADHD may include inattention (which means difficulty to focus), hyperactivity (excessive movement, or excise movement that is not fitting to the setting), and impulsivity (hasty acts that occur without a proper moment of thought.). People who have inattentive ADHD make careless mistakes because they have difficulty focusing, following detailed instructions, and organizing tasks and activities. They are easily distracted by little things around, external stimuli, and often lose things. They are likely to leave projects unfinished and appear not to listen when you speak.
Symptoms as children get older:
- As children with ADHD get older, they often do not have as much self-control as other children their age. This can make children and adolescents with ADHD seem immature or not up to the mark than their peers.
Some tasks that adolescents with ADHD may have trouble with on a daily basis include:
- Focusing on homework, school and assignments
- Reading cues
- Compromising with friends, peers
- Maintaining personal hygiene
- Helping with chores at home
- Time management
- Driving safely
Types of ADHD APA says, ADHD is of three kinds, predominantly inattentive, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive, and a combination of both.
1. Predominantly Inattentive :
- As the name suggests, people with this type of ADHD may have extreme difficulty focusing, finishing tasks, and following instructions.
- Experts think that many children with the inattentive type of ADHD may not be able to receive a proper diagnosis because they may not tend to disrupt the classroom. This type is most common among girls who have ADHD.
2. Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type :
- People with this type of ADHD show primarily hyperactive, restless, and impulsive behavior. This can include constant fidgeting, interrupting people while talking, and not being able to wait their turn.
- Although inattention is less of a concern with this type of ADHD, people with predominantly hyperactive-impulsive ADHD may still find difficulty focusing on tasks.
ADD & ADHD
You may have heard these terms “ADD” and “ADHD” and wondered what’s the difference between them.
ADD, or attention deficit disorder.. It was previously used to describe people who have problems paying attention but aren’t hyperactive.
Adult ADHD :
More than 60 percent of children having ADHD still exhibit symptoms as adults. For many people, ADHD symptoms decrease or can become less frequent as they get older.
That said, treatment is important. Untreated ADHD in adults may have a negative impact on many aspects of their careers and life. Symptoms such as trouble in time management, forgetfulness, restlessness, and impatience can cause problems at work, home, and in all types of relationships. Find out more about the signs and symptoms of ADHD in adults and how they can impact your life.
ADHD in children :
One in 10 children between ages 5 to 17 years receive an ADHD diagnosis, making this one of the most common childhood disorders.
For children, ADHD is usually associated with problems at play and school. Children with ADHD often have trouble succeeding in a controlled classroom setting.
Natural remedies for ADHD
For starters, a healthy lifestyle may help you or your child manage ADHD.
Here are a few recommendations :
- Eat a healthy balanced diet
- Exercise / physical activity minimum an hour per day
- Get enough sleep as much as your body requires
- Limit your screen time from mobiles, tv, gadgets
- Spending time outdoors can help them calm down and ease ADHD symptoms
- Mindfulness meditation is another option
In children and adults, meditation has shown positive effects on attention and thought processes, as well as on stress, anxiety, and depression.
Avoiding specific allergens, frozen food, food additives and also eating freshly cooked food can also be potential ways to help reduce ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Tips for coping with ADHD
- If you or your child has ADHD, a consistent schedule with a proper structure and regular work may help.
- For adults, making a list, keeping a calendar, and setting reminders can be helpful.
- For children, it can be helpful to focus on writing down homework and keeping their daily items such as books, toys, bags in assigned spots.