ADHD Awareness Month

 In Awareness Campaigns, Mental Health

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can affect anyone no matter what age, gender, social or religious background you are. ADHD Awareness Month is every October and was conceived to educate people on this challenging condition that most commonly affects children as young as 6.

Children who exhibit symptoms connected with ADHD can easily be dismissed as just having behavioural problems or just naughty and this isn’t conducive to sorting out the problem. ADHD Awareness Month aims to help people recognise possible symptoms, which in turn, will help people act quickly to get the condition under control.

You can join the discussion on Social Media using #ADHDAwareness and @ADHDMonth

You can join the discussion on Social Media using #ADHDAwareness and @ADHDMonth.

What is ADHD?

ADHD is an umbrella term that encompasses behavioural symptoms such as inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. People may experience additional problems such as sleep loss and anxiety.

ADHD is usually picked up in childhood, and symptoms will become more obvious in times of change, such as when children start school. This means that most cases are diagnosed when they are 6 to 12 years old.

As people get older, their symptoms improve, however, some people can experience problems into adulthood.

Causes and Symptoms of ADHD

Medical experts haven’t been able to pinpoint the exact cause of ADHD, however, what has been observed is that it is common for ADHD to run in the family. Other factors the NHS have highlighted as being possible causes of ADHD include:

  • being born prematurely (before the 37th week of pregnancy)
  • having a low birthweight
  • smoking, alcohol or drug abuse during pregnancy
  • It’s more common in people with learning difficulties

The NHS give a detailed list of symptoms to help you spot whether your child may have ADHD. The symptoms can be split into two groups, which are shown below:

Inattentiveness 

  • having a short attention span and being easily distracted
  • making careless mistakes – for example, in schoolwork
  • appearing forgetful or losing things
  • being unable to stick at tasks that are tedious or time-consuming
  • appearing to be unable to listen to or carry out instructions
  • constantly changing activity or task
  • having difficulty organising tasks

Hyperactivity and impulsiveness 

  • being unable to sit still, especially in calm or quiet surroundings
  • constantly fidgeting
  • being unable to concentrate on tasks
  • excessive physical movement
  • excessive talking
  • being unable to wait their turn
  • acting without thinking
  • interrupting conversations
  • little or no sense of danger

The facts about ADHD

  • ADHD is more common in boys than girls.
  • It’s thought that around 2% to 5% of school-aged children may have the condition.
  • Up to 30% of children and 25-40% of adults with ADHD have a co-existing anxiety disorder
  • Experts claim that up to 70% of those with ADHD will be treated for depression at some point in their lives
  • ADHD is best treated with a combination of behaviour therapy and medication

 

References

  1. http://www.adhdawarenessmonth.org/
  2. https://www.awarenessdays.co.uk/awareness-days-calendar/adhd-awareness-week/
  3. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder/Pages/Introduction.aspx
  4. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder/Pages/Symptoms.aspx
  5. http://www.adhdawarenessmonth.org/adhd-facts/
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