What is ADHD is all about? It is generally defined as an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder which related to a neuro-developmental condition that affects both children and adults. ADHD develops when the brain at central nervous system suffers impairments related to growth and development. A person with ADHD will show various degrees of the three behaviors which are; inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivities.
Who is the real culprit of ADHD?
There is no exact findings claimed that the real cause of ADHD. However, there might be some factors that may increase the chances of developing the condition. While researcher haven’t identified a specific ADHD gene. Many studies show a genetic link closely related to ADHD. In fact, it is quite common for a person diagnosed with ADHD to have at least one close relative with the condition. Other than that, environmental factors may also play a role. These environmental factor can include exposure to chemicals, pesticides and heavy metal such as lead as it can cause a brain injury being born prematurely or with a low birth weight. The brain is essentially a huge electrical system that has multiple sub-systems that need to communicate with one another constantly to get anything done.
A child or adult with ADHD will show varying degrees of these three behaviors, inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. The symptoms are shown as below:
Symptom of Inattention
- Frequent difficulty focusing on talks, including homework or meeting work deadlines
- Often struggles to follow through on projects, assignments and chores
- Has difficulty staying organized and miss the deadline
- Often easily distracted
- Often fails to respond when being spoken to
- Has difficulty keeping track of important item such as keys, homework, assignment pad, books, tools, wallets, keys, paperwork, eyeglasses, and cell phones
- Avoid or dislike tasks that require sustained mental effort, such as schoolwork or homework, or for teens and older adults, preparing reports, completing forms or reviewing lengthy papers
Symptom of Impulsivity and Hyperactivity
- Fidget and squirm in their seats
- Leave their seats in situations when staying seated is expected, such as in the classroom or in the office
- Run or dash around or climb in situations where it is inappropriate or, in teens and adults, often feel restless
- Unable to play or engage in hobbies quietly
- Be constantly in motion or “on the go,” or act as if “driven by a motor”
- Talk nonstop
- Blurt out an answer before a question has been completed, finish other people’s sentences, or speak without waiting for a turn in conversation
- Have trouble waiting his or her turn
- Interrupt or intrude on others, for example in conversations, games, or activities
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