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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is a condition that often shows up in young people. It’s marked by three main features: having trouble paying attention, being hyperactive, and acting on impulse. In the United States, about 8.8% of kids aged 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD. But it’s important to know that ADHD doesn’t just affect kids; around 4.4% of adults aged 18-44 also deal with it.

How We Help You Succeed
People with ADHD can do well in school, work, and life with the right treatment and support. Researchers use things like brain scans to learn more about ADHD and find better ways to treat and prevent it.

Spotting the Signs
ADHD shows up as certain behaviors that last for at least six months. These behaviors are hard to control and happen more often than what’s typical. Here are some signs to look for:

Problems with Paying Attention

    • Frequent distraction and a tendency to hop between activities.
    • Quick boredom with tasks.
    • Difficulty concentrating or completing a single task.
    • Struggles with homework assignments and losing belongings.
    • Poor attention to spoken instructions.
    • Frequent daydreaming and a lack of motivation.
    • Slower information processing and difficulty following directions

Signs of Hyperactivity

    • Restlessness, difficulty sitting still.
    • Non-stop talking.
    • Constant touching or playing with objects.
    • Difficulty engaging in quiet tasks or activities.

Signs of Impulsivity

    • Acting without considering consequences, often blurting out statements.
    • Difficulty with taking turns, waiting, or sharing.
    • Frequent interruption of others.

Understanding the Causes
ADHD happens for many reasons, including things in your genes and the environment around you. Studies show that ADHD often runs in families. Also, certain parts of the brain that deal with attention work differently in people with ADHD. Things like smoking or drinking during pregnancy and exposure to lead as a child can increase the chances of having ADHD.

Getting a Diagnosis
While ADHD can affect people of all ages, it’s usually noticed in childhood. Diagnosing it can be tricky because some ADHD symptoms can look like normal kid behavior. Teachers often help spot these symptoms because they see kids in a learning setting.

There’s no one test to say if someone has ADHD. A doctor or mental health expert needs to gather lots of info to make the right call. This helps rule out other things causing the symptoms and checks the person’s overall health.

Ways to Treat ADHD
Medications & Behavioral therapy is the most effective ways to treat ADHD. Alternative treatment options include self-management, teaching programs, and help at school, at work, or through other channels.

It’s important to know that many kids and adults with ADHD also have other conditions. These extra conditions can make treating ADHD more complex. Some common ones linked to ADHD are learning issues, behavior problems, anxiety, depression, and more.

Having another condition alongside ADHD can make it harder to treat. But with the right help from professionals, it’s possible to manage both. At AIGAS, we’re here to support people with ADHD and all their unique needs, offering a complete approach to mental health care.