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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

The signs and symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are often misunderstood. Which can lead to incorrect diagnosis or treatment. But what does it mean to have ADHD?

The most common signs and symptoms include

  • Difficulty with focus
  • Hyperactivity
  • Distractibility
  • Impulsivity
  • Low frustration tolerance
  • Restlessness in a seated position

ADHD is a complicated condition that can result in real pain for those afflicted. ADHD patients are at risk of depression, suicidal thoughts, and suicide attempts. They often live with stigma from society which makes it difficult for them to connect with others who understand what they go through.

One treatment strategy may involve mindfulness meditation. This has shown some promise when treating both anxiety and depressive symptoms associated with the illness. No adverse side effects reported by participants thus far. This technique involves being aware of one’s self on an ongoing basis while meditating or practicing yoga. These exercises help reduce stress levels, promote relaxation and improve moods overall.

Stats of ADHD

The World Health Organization reports that ADHD affects one in every 20 children. It is estimated that 3% of adults globally are afflicted by ADHD as well. There are many ways to treat ADHD and they can be as simple or complex as you need them to be. This disorder is not uncommon, affecting about 6% of the population.

  1. Medications will always work best when combined with therapy. The medication helps your body produce more dopamine. This then gets delivered right into where we want it – our brain cells (specifically those associated with attention).
  2. Therapy works by helping patients identify what might trigger their symptoms so they may avoid these triggers while learning coping skills necessary if avoidance isn’t possible. These treatments have been shown effective approximately 75-80% of the time.

How to support someone with ADHD

If you know someone with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder the best way to support them is by being patient, empathetic, and understanding. The first step is trying your hardest not to get frustrated when they can’t seem to stay focused on what matters most.

It is also important to never make promises about something coming up ahead without checking it off their list. It will only increase anxiety levels! Lastly, try to spend some quality time together during periods free from distractions.