Today, I have a very interesting guest post to share with you written by Angela. Here, Angela is informing us about ADHD, including symptoms and treatments for it, and how it affects day-to-day life. I hope you find this post as interesting as I did, and please go check out Angela’s blog afterwards here!
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural disorder that affects children and adults. In the UK between 2-5% of school age children have the condition.
Years ago it was thought that those who were showing the signs of ADHD were just unruly or lazy. Sometimes it was even put down to bad parenting. Today it is a widely recognised condition and now the person is given better help and treatment.
- Mainly inattentive
- Mainly Hyperactive
Like any condition or illness there are many symptoms which vary from person to person. Some might have all the symptoms, others not as many. Here are some of the signs of ADHD in children:
- Short attention span
- easily distracted
- excessive talking
- cannot concentrate
- acts without thinking
- cannot sit still
- interrupts conversations
In adults the symptoms are similar however they can be more noticeable. They include:
- poor organisational skills
- blurt out responses
- mood swings
- quick temper
- misplace thins
- inability to deal with stress
It is said that other conditions can run alongside ADHD. Conditions such as:
- sleep problems
- learning disabilities
If you think yourself or your child have other health conditions please see your doctor for diagnosis.
ADHD has always thrown up the question What causes this disorder? There are a few possibilities:
Genetics – They believe this is the main cause and that usually one or more person in the family have the condition therefore it runs in the family.
Brain Function A simple chemical imbalance.
Being male More males than females are diagnosed with ADHD. They think this is due to the symptoms being more prominent in males and more subtle in females.
IF you think you or your child have ADHD the first port of call is your GP. Your doctor will ask questions about any symptoms you have, is there a family history, any recent changes such as a death in the family and if there are other health issues.
They will then look at functional impairment, how it effects your daily life. For example the ability to make and keep friends. If they believe you or your child have ADHD they may refer you to a psychologist who will observe you before making a final diagnosis. That is when treatment will be spoken about.
There are various treatments such as medications, Exercise, Therapy and diet. The GP and Psychologist will discuss the best options for you.
Like any other mental illness there is a stigma attached. “parents clearly do not care” “you are a naughty child” I could go on. The thing is, those with ADHD are none of those things. In fact people with ADHD are highly intelligent and take in more information than those without the condition.
School may be hard for your child. Why not introduce reward charts. Like any other child will get. Do not make them different to other children because really they are not. Inform the school that way they will be more tolerant but at the same time, again, treat them like other children when it comes to discipline.
If you are an adult with the condition you may find it hard to hold down a job due to losing interest. Do not be ashamed to put ADHD on your application form. Employers cannot discriminate against you for this and being honest they will be happy you have been open and honest. That will say a lot about your character and will make you more desirable.
Most health authorities will run support groups or will be able to point you in the right direction.
Help and support is there. You are not alone.
I love this post by Angela! I had barely any knowledge of ADHD before hand, but now I have been made so much more aware. I love how Angela has raised a really important point that we should all be treated as equals! 🙂
Please remember to go and check out Angela’s wonderful blog at – http://angelahamilton2014.blogspot.co.uk/ – and check out her other posts! 🙂
I would like to say a massive thank you to Angela for doing such a fantastic feature post on my blog! 🙂 xxx