Regaining Control and Concentration over your ADHD
Everyone experiences moments of distraction throughout their day, but individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) experience an overly intrusive distractedness that can greatly interfere with learning comprehension and task management. The inability to work in a timely manner can feel frustrating, but It’s possible to regain control of concentration overtime using medicine, psychotherapy, and support groups.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder:
ADHD is one of the most common mental disorders among adolescents involving a constant pattern of inattention that interferes with development and learning retention. It affects millions of children as well as many adults. Children with ADHD may experience bursts of impulsivity or hyperactivity that cause them to move around excessively which can lead to distractions within many learning environments.
Diagnosis of ADHD requires a comprehensive evaluation by a licensed clinician, such as a psychologist, or psychiatrist with expertise in ADHD. For a person to receive a diagnosis of ADHD, the symptoms of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity must be chronic or long-lasting, impair the person’s functioning, and cause the person to fall behind typical development for his or her age. The doctor will also ensure that any ADHD symptoms are not due to another medical or psychiatric condition. Most children with ADHD receive a diagnosis during the elementary school years. For an adolescent or adult to receive a diagnosis of ADHD, the symptoms need to have been present before age 12.
ADHD is more common in males than females, and females with ADHD are more likely to have problems primarily with inattention. Other conditions, such as learning disabilities, anxiety disorder, conduct disorder, depression, and substance abuse, are
Frequently Asked Questions
Your child could need to be treated for ADHD if he or she exhibits certain symptoms, including inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness, or else hyperactivity and impulsiveness despite being able to focus. In particular, children with ADHD tend to interrupt others during conversations, fidget, and ignore details.
Behavioral therapy and medication are the standards of treatment for ADHD. However, it is essential that you receive an accurate diagnosis before exploring those types of treatment and therapy. Individuals diagnosed with ADHD who receive proper treatment can experience a significant decline in their symptoms, which can result in better grades at school and greater productivity at work.
Your doctor will be able to tell you whether making certain lifestyle changes can benefit you or your child. Such changes can include adopting a healthier diet, getting plenty of exercise and sleep, and adjusting your home environment to reduce distractions and precipitating factors. If your child is diagnosed with either disorder, then you will also need to continue working with your child’s doctor and therapist to ensure that treatment remains effective.
If you have any additional questions on ADHD please request to speak with a clinician.