What Is ADHD and How Can It Affect You?


ADHD is a cognitive and behavioural disorder that can affect people of any age. Hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity are the main symptoms. This condition can make it difficult for people to function at work, school or home. These people are more likely to experience relationship problems, make mistakes at work or get into fights. Untreated, these problems can lead to poor academic performance, substance abuse and poor work performance. If treated early, people with ADHD can achieve great success in their lives. 

Scientists do not know the exact cause of ADHD. However, they believe that both genes and environment play a part. It’s possible that chemical imbalances within the brain — especially in the frontal-lobes — can also contribute to ADHD. Some people can develop the disorder after consuming alcohol or certain drugs. ADHD patients are more likely to experiment on substances like cocaine or marijuana that alter brain function.

ADHD symptoms include difficulty sitting still, and a lack of focus on a task for a long period of time. This is common when studying for tests. This condition makes it difficult for people to follow instructions or take turns during conversations. They might forget things and have difficulty keeping track of schedules, keys and money. They tend to lose important things, like their eyeglasses, homework, tools, or backpacks. Also, they are more likely to do things without thinking about it. For example, playing sports or participating in leisure activities requiring quiet sitting. They are often quick to answer questions before the other person finishes and can’t wait for their turn.

Even when they are interested in the task, children with ADHD can’t stay still for long. They are less likely to complete their homework or stay on task in school. Because they do not always think before they act, it is possible that accidents are more likely to occur.

The hyperactivity of a person with ADHD decreases as they age, but their ability to organise their lives and find a job increases. The person with ADHD has trouble controlling their emotions and managing their finances. This can lead to problems at work or in relationships. Their behaviour makes them more likely to make mistakes at work or have problems with their self-esteem.

Adults with ADHD can be treated by medication, psychotherapy, or a combination. Doctors can teach a person with ADHD better time and organisational management skills that can improve their focus. Non-stimulants can be prescribed, but they take longer to work. They are still effective in reducing impulsivity and lack of attention. These medications are sometimes combined with stimulants by some doctors to boost their effectiveness. You can also be prescribed behavioural therapy which helps a person recognize problematic behaviours and develop strategies to cope with them. The behavioural treatments can help someone with ADHD develop a healthy self-esteem, and positive relationships.

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