ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADD - attention deficit disorder. Someone with ADHD has differences in brain development and brain activity that affect attention, the ability to stay still, and control impulse. Some with ADHD mainly have trouble with focus, some are also hyperactive and impulsive . That’s especially true with kids and teens.
People with ADHD have trouble with a group of key skills known as executive function. It usually creates challenges in many areas of life - from school to work to daily living. For instance, people with ADHD usually struggle to get organized, follow directions, and manage their emotions.
ADHD isn’t a matter of laziness or willpower - it’s one of the many myths about it. People with ADHD are often trying, as hard as they can, to be able focus and keep their impulses in check.
For a while, people thought ADHD was something that only boys had. Recent research shows that adults also struggle with ADHD, and that women and girls have it as often as men and boys.
ADHD doesn’t just totally go away as people get older. In most cases, hyperactivity and impulsivity lessen or disappear by the teen years or a little longer. But trouble with focus usually continues. Some aren’t diagnosed with ADHD until after high school or as adults.
No matter when people are diagnosed with ADHD, there are treatments that can make symptoms more manageable. And there are supports that can make things easier at school and at work.
Signs in children include:
Inattention, such as:
Hyperactivity and impulsivity, such as:
Symptoms for more than 6 months are observed with a child who is diagnosed with ADHD. They often behave in ways not considered normal for a child of their age.
Based on studies, 60 percent of people diagnosed with ADHD as children continue to have symptoms as they grow as adults. Many of their symptoms become less intense as they grow old.
Treatment and care to manage symptoms is very essential. The condition can negatively impact someone’s life heavily without treatment.
ADHD in adults has an effect on their careers, relationships and daily function. Symptoms affect aspects of daily life, such as time management and can cause forgetfulness and impatience.
ADHD coaching is a combination of Life Coaching, ADHD awareness, executive function skills training, mindfulness, and ADHD trait management.
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