ADHD - More Than a Bunch of Letters

February 16, 2018

You’re sitting in class and the professor walks in and begins lecturing about a previous assignment that you totally forgot about, was it because you weren’t listening?

 

Maybe it was that distracting lawn mower that’s always cutting the campus grass? Could it have been the daydreaming about what you’re going to have for dinner tonight or that next big exam?

 

If you’re experiencing this daily, you might be suffering from Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

 

What is ADHD?

ADHD is not a fake or made up disorder, it has affected approximately 6.4 million children, teenagers, and adults.

 

ADHD does not mean a person is stupid or lazy, it just takes a person with the disorder more time and effort when getting things completed. The first step in understanding a person’s ADHD is to know what type of disorder he or she may be suffering from.

 

Different Types

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, type 1 is “inattention, a person can easily get off task, wander on to something different and has difficulty staying focused, along with being disorganized.”

 

Type 2 is “hyperactivity, a person that moves excessively in inappropriate situations.” This type may also suffer from restlessness, and excessive talking.

 

Type 3 is “impulsivity, a person that commits an action toward someone or something without recognizing the repercussions of he or she’s actions.” For instance, this relates to interrupting someone’s conversation or speaking out of turn. These are the three main types of ADHD.

 

Risk Factors

ADHD not only has some negative effects on the education and job setting, but it also can be associated with many risk factors for someone who deals with this disorder every day. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, learning disabilities can come with other disorders like anxiety, conduct, depression, and substance abuse, which is most common in people with ADHD.

 

Yes, people with ADHD not only suffer from attention issues, but also anxiety and depression symptoms. Depression, along with anxiety, relates so closely in signs and symptoms to ADHD, because of the feelings hopelessness and loss of interest in things a person may have enjoyed, as well as restlessness.

 

According to Healthline, ADHD patients can be victims of suicide and self-harm when feeling worthless in certain situations.

 

Minimizing Risks

People with ADHD can lower their risk factors by seeking professional help and talking with a counselor or psychiatrist. Talking about one’s issues can help with life challenges.

 

Consider medication if necessary, however, medications aren’t always the best because of the side effects. For example, shakiness, loss of appetite and drowsiness are some known side effects.

 

If an individual with ADHD would prefer not to use medication there are other ways to deal with ADHD in an all-natural way. For instance, exercising, meditation, choosing healthier food items can help with stress and anxiety.

 

Organizing

As a person with ADHD starts to age into adulthood it is important that he or she keeps a routine each day. Incorporate things such as, lists of task and activities to complete and a calendar to organize what must be accomplished during the month are a few ways to manage adult ADHD.

 

Overall, ADHD is a disorder that is still looked at by the public as something that can be controlled with simple medication, when there is more to ADHD than meets the eye. This information aims to give readers a better understanding of how ADHD can play a significant role not only in a person’s daily life, but in one’s health and wellness, which is why it’s important for individuals with the disorder to eat healthy and properly exercise to manage the stress of daily life.

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