ADHD is short for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and affects approximately 10% of school aged children and 5% of adults. It is a disruptive condition that is thought to be a genetically based biological condition of the brain involving at least two neurotransmitters (chemical messengers in the brain), norepinephrine and dopamine.
ADHD is classified as a mental disorder characterized by difficulty paying attention and a high degree of restlessness and impulsive behavior with symptoms beginning before the age of 7, lasting for a least 6 months, and causing the child considerable difficulty in no less than two setting with the most often mentioned being home and school.
In some instances the condition disappears during the adolescent years leading to some confusion in the medical community. While some experts believe the condition does resolve itself others are convinced that it simply takes on a different form, with primary symptoms such as hyperactive/restlessness becoming less noticeable and becoming more internalized due to societal pressures.
The official ADHD criteria states that all signs do not have to be present for a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, signs of inattention must always be present for a diagnosis. Signs must be present in two or more situations (for example home and school), must last for at least 6 months, and must be a major impediment to social and academic functioning.
Gaining an understanding of the primary symptoms is also an important part of ADHD criteria. Let’s examine these.
* Inattention/distractibility: This is primarily a problem with focus. It is a myth that the ADHD individuals can’t focus but in order to focus they must center their attention on a singular task that interests them enough to hold their interest. Also, they are very susceptible to distracting stimuli both from the outside and from within.
* Impulsivity: Some experts suggest that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a problem with self regulation and impulsivity is at the heart of this premise. ADHD individuals often act without thinking, perhaps talking out of turn or taking unnecessary risks.
* Hyperactivity: Someone who is hyperactive is frequently moving in some way. They normally have trouble sitting still and fidgeting or squirming is often apparent.
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