ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a mental disorder related to attention span, impulsive decision making, and activity. It is not a detrimental condition, and there is long term treatment that makes people with ADHD able to live healthy, productive lifestyles. Below are some frequently asked questions about ADHD, as well as more information about the disorder:
What are 3 types of ADHD?
There are three major types of ADHD. First, ADHD impulsive/hyperactive type which presents itself as impulsive and hyperactive activities, but does not include inattentive behaviors, it's the least common of the three diagnoses of ADHD. Then, ADHD inattentive and distractible type, characterized by inattention and distracted behavior, usually does not include clinical hyperactive behaviors. Lastly, ADHD combined type, this is the most common disorder diagnosis, characterized by both hyperactivity and inattention. Children with ADHD are most likely to be diagnosed with the latter disorder.
What are the nine symptoms of ADHD?
Nine of the most common symptoms of ADHD include: fidgeting, excessive movement, inability to concentrate long term, impulsivity, inattention, hyperactivity, difficulty staying seated, hard time reading for long periods of time, and distractibility. More symptoms will be discussed below.
What causes ADHD?
There is no specific cause for a diagnosis of ADHD, and researchers are still developing and understanding of main causes or risk factors. Some mental health professionals have said that you may be more likely to develop ADHD if a blood relative has had ADHD. There are also medically reviewed studies suggesting that environmental toxins or issues during pregnancy may increase chances of an ADHD diagnosis.
Is ADHD a bad thing?
No! People with ADHD may have a variety of lifestyle changes to make to cope with some challenges that come with an ADHD diagnosis and symptoms, like finding working habits that help them focus, or taking medication, or seeking treatment with a mental health professional, but that is not a bad thing. People with ADHD can use their ADHD to empower them and create a community aware of mental health disorders and what others are experiencing!
Will ADHD go away? Can ADHD go away?
People with ADHD will find a variety of ways to cope with their ADHD symptoms, making them more manageable overtime. The symptoms themselves may also change over time, for example children with ADHD may have different experiences that adults with ADHD. Taking an ADHD test can help you figure out if symptoms are present, but is not a substitute for speaking with a medical professional.
What are people with ADHD good at?
People with ADHD can be good at a variety of things, like any person, whatever they put their mind to or want to be good at, they can accomplish, possibly with some challenges due to their ADHD, however they are still capable of success as much as any other person. Specifically, many people with ADHD are good at being creative and inventive with their ideas, their ADHD may give them a perspective that the rest of the population may not have!
For more information on what ADHD is, symptoms, signs, and treatment, continue reading: