A Crash Course in ADHD

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A Crash Course in ADHD

ADHD is a term that is used quite often in today’s society. However , misconceptions about this disorder are very prevalent. Considering there is an abundance of research and information to go through, it’s no wonder that one could get overwhelmed trying to learn about it. But it is important to educate yourself about what ADHD really is. More than likely you will know, love, work with, or be related to someone that has ADHD at some point in your life. Keep reading for our  crash course to ADHD.

QUICK FACTS:

  • ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, but there are actually 3 main types.
  • 11% of children in the U.S. have ADHD.
  • The most recent figure states about 6.4 million children are currently diagnosed with ADHD.
  • Children are typically diagnosed at 7 years old.
  • 13% of men will be diagnosed with ADHD.
  • 5% of women will be diagnosed with ADHD.

3 MAIN TYPES:

  • Inattentive.Characterized by recurrent inattentiveness, inability to maintain focus, cannot stay on track. Children with this type of ADHD are typically very creative, determined, and are problem solvers.
  • Hyperactive Impulsive. Characterized by impulsive behaviors, inappropriate movements, and often is the center of attention. Children with this type of ADHD are typically high energy, innovative thinkers, pereserverant, with great work ethic.
  • Combined. This type will experience 6 or more symptoms from both the Inattentive type and the Hyperactive Impulsive type. Children with this type of ADHD are typically very energetic and creative.

MYTHS AND FACTS:

  • MYTH:There is no such thing as ADHD, it is just what bad parents use as their excuse.
  • FACT:ADHD affects 11% of children, and thinking that it is just a made up disorder is not only ignorant, it is hurtful to the child and harmful to their development.
  • MYTH: All kids with ADHD are hyperactive.
  • FACT: People diagnosed with ADHD can be hyperactive, but they can also be inattentive without being “hyper”.
  • MYTH: You usually grow out of ADHD.
  • FACT: The majority of people who had ADHD in childhood, have ADHD as adults, typically about 70%.
  • MYTH: Children with ADHD are just spoiled and misbehave.
  • FACT: Children with ADHD try to behave, like all children they want approval, however the disorder prevents appropriate control of actions.
  • MYTH:ADHD medications lead to addictions in the future.
  • FACT:People who take their perscription ADHD medication as perscribed have much lower rates of substance abuse than people with ADHD who never get on a medication. This is usually due to “self-medicating” with illicit or street drugs that do not adequately control the symptoms of the condition.

If you or someone you know is struggling with ADHD, we can help. Contact us today for more information.

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