The 2019 ADHD conference tackled different topics, mostly about childhood conditions. Of course, some adults have lived with ADHD their whole life without having to treat it, but they will say that it has been difficult for them not to know. In the sixties, seventies, eighties, and nineties, mental health and behavioral disorders were not seen as such. A stigma was attached to it. If you acted funny or unusual, people would assume that you are CRAZY. That has always been the one and only categorization of people with mental health issues.
Common Sleep Disorders Connected With ADHD
One of the most overlook aspects of Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the sleeping disturbances caused about by the condition. Recent research confirms that it doesn’t go away during bedtime.
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ADHD – Harnessing Hyper focus For Positive Results
A confusing symptom of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is hyper focus, the ability to focus on a single activity for hours. ADHD sufferers whilst unable to concentrate in class, often have the ability to concentrate intently on activities that interest them. Hyper focus is not listed in the DSM-5 criteria for ADHD, and is very different from the other symptoms of ADHD.
ADHD sufferers often become so focused that they become oblivious to the world around them. This focus is narrower and more powerful than normal concentration and can be described as fixated. Once these people focus on a single activity, they find it difficult to shift their attention to another activity. They are drawn to activities such as computer games that offer instant feedback and gratification. ADHD sufferers have an unregulated attention system rather than just a short attention span, their attention settling on either end of the attention spectrum.
Some experts believe that hyper focus may be a coping mechanism which sufferers use to overcome their inattention. Some people are able to channel hyper focus into getting dull tasks done, some even making successful careers by channeling this focus into their work. Unfortunately, hyper focus is more often a liability. Children are likely to channel hyper focus into entertaining pastimes rather than into school work, combine this with poor time management and problems with socializing and the child could spend an inordinate amount of time playing computer games or other solitary activities.
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ADHD – Adult Mood Disorder
Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder is biological in origin. It is caused by a dysfunction in the transmission of information to the brain which results in the disruption of the brain’s executive function. The symptoms can also be affected by the environmental factors and the sufferer’s own emotional health. Mood disorders such as anxiety and depression are common amongst people who have been diagnosed with ADHD. This is sometimes due to emotional frustrations caused by the symptoms. In children with ADHD, the most common coexisting conditions are behavioral disorders – oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder. In adults, it is depression and anxiety.
Adult ADHD was only recognized in the 1970s. Until then it was believed that the symptoms would clear as the child grew up. It is estimated that 4.4% of adults in the United States have ADHD. The presence of a coexisting condition will increase the impact of ADHD. As the child with ADHD grows, so does the probability of a coexisting condition appearing. By the time that he has reached adulthood, he will have up to 70% chance of suffering from a co-existing condition. As children grow into adults, there is often a reduction in observable symptoms.
“An intriguing study by a team of researchers at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom found that ADHD may be caused by “structural differences in the brain’s gray matter.””, Samoon Ahmad M.D. tells.
Being In Love And With ADHD
Each of us is entitled to form or build an affectionate relationship that will inspire, help, and function successfully in our own endeavors. As the song goes, “Love will keep us alive…”
But for a person with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), forming a relationship, or even maintaining one, can be challenging in many ways.
What Is Life With ADHD?
Imagine waking up in the morning and realizing that you have many things to do but cannot ultimately plan and work on it. It cripples you!
This may sound like a typical adult who is being bombarded with deadlines at work, a pestering boss, children whining at home, or just having a bad day. For a normal individual, one can easily identify which of these critical points can be addressed immediately and then move on to the next until most of the concerns are being handled. That’s life according to us.
DOWN But Not OUT
You are a young, rich and successful Chief Executive Officer in one of the highly thriving companies in the Metro. No doubt about it, you can have everything that you need and want – the things that ordinary people can only dream to own. Yes, you’re very lucky.
Upon arriving at the office, you receive news that will change the way you live and the way you look at life… at least temporarily. The company that you are working for was sold to a rival company and unfortunately, it is owned by your previous fling whom you have not spoken with in ages. Right then and there, you knew that it will be the start of the downward spiral. Continue reading “DOWN But Not OUT”
Attention Deficit And Hyperactivity Disorder In Adults
Up to 78% of children with attention and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) will carry the symptoms into adulthood, and up to 50% of these adults will have debilitating symptoms. Hyperactivity and impulsivity may decrease in adulthood but problems with executive function and inattention often remain.
Diagnosing ADHD in adults can be difficult, as ADHD presents with symptoms that are similar to bipolar disorder, anxiety and depression. Adults with the disorder tend to struggle with higher education, and unless they have fast paced jobs that involve risk taking or outgoing communication, they may struggle to remain in employment. These people also tend to have a lot more problems with relationships, higher divorce rates, traffic violations and substance abuse problems. Adults with ADHD have a high risk of having children with ADHD.
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Entrepreneurial Advantages of People with ADHD
Many people see ADHD as a diagnosis needing treatment. However, many pieces of research and anecdotes from individual studies have proven that people with this condition can become successful entrepreneurs. They can turn their symptoms into strengths by just changing their mindset in order to create and build a venture.
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