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Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 101


<p>There are a lot of conditions out there that impact both children and adults alike.&nbsp; One of the popular ones, becoming more and more prominent with each year, is ADHD.&nbsp; This is admittedly a very complex brain and behaviour condition and there is no known cure for it.&nbsp; However, as more information becomes known, treatments and therapies are also becoming more widespread and common.</p> <p><strong>What is ADHD?</strong></p> <p>Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a psychiatric disorder that causes those who live with it to struggle with focus, concentration, and other &ldquo;normal&rdquo; day to day activities.&nbsp; This impacts both the brain as well as behaviours, but everyone&#39;s a little different as far as what they struggle with and why.</p> <p><strong>How does ADHD affect people?</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The best way to understand ADHD, whether it&rsquo;s in children or in adults, is that they have an issue with self-control.&nbsp; This can come in terms of behaviours such as actions, and/or in saying things that otherwise aren&rsquo;t common in everyday conversation (ie: rude or socially incorrect observations).&nbsp; Some of the most common ways for ADHD to affect people include:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Excessive talking:</strong> This could be a constant stream of chatter, or it could be the need to have in-depth conversations (unnecessary to most of us) about something that doesn&rsquo;t need as much level of detail.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Needing to fidget, and unable to sit still:</strong> From tapping to leg bopping, to simply squirming in chairs, both children and adults who have ADHD often have a difficult time simply sitting and doing one thing.&nbsp; This can also come out as chronic multitasking, too.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Constantly interrupting: </strong>This is different from the idea of interrupting out of excitement, as we all do from time to time.&nbsp; This is interrupting almost every statement simply because they are too excited to wait their turn and have to talk over someone else.&nbsp; It often comes out as the simple inability to be able to wait until it is their turn.</li> </ul> <p><strong>What treatments are available for ADHD?</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; There are a variety of options available for treating ADHD both in children and adults.&nbsp; These include the following options:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Medication:</strong> There are quite a few medications out there offering relief for those who need help concentrating.&nbsp; Common stimulant options include Adderall and Desoxyn.&nbsp; There can also be other non-stimulant medications such as Pamelor and Kapvay.&nbsp;&nbsp; These all help &ldquo;overcome&rdquo; some of the chemical imbalances in the brain and help people concentrate more easily.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Mental health assessment and sessions:</strong> Behavioural therapies through mental health sessions are also very helpful.&nbsp; They will often help retrain behaviours so that day to day life is easier.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Combination: </strong>Most parents will choose a combination of behavioural therapy with medication as a last resort, or they&rsquo;ll often blend the two.&nbsp; Adults usually will blend medication with treatment, too, to give them the best of both and help them enjoy an easier balance.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; While it was often rare for a diagnosis, more and more children and adults are now getting diagnosed with ADHD as more diagnostic tools become available.&nbsp; This diagnosis often means that they have a path forward to helping them get more out of your daily life.</p>