The Basics of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Symptoms of ADHD
Difficulty Paying Attention
Acting Without Thinking
Causes of ADHD
People with ADHD must remember that there was unlikely anything they did to cause their situation. And, although there currently is no cure for ADHD, there are treatments. There are steps to take that will allow for an enriched life.
Medication can reduce hyperactivity and impulsivity. It can also increase the ability to focus. There are several medication options, but a plan for treatment should be discussed with a doctor. Stimulants, non-stimulants, and antidepressants are all used in some capacity to help people with ADHD.
Therapy could help with managing daily challenges. Parents and teachers can assist children and teens with keeping a usual routine and schedule, which may help them stay organized. When it comes to adults, a therapist can assist with techniques to keep a routine and manage tasks.
Educational and Training Options
School can be a major issue for people with ADHD. Paying attention, studying, and participating in class can all be very daunting. Special education is often provided, and educational specialists will help families and teachers create the best possible learning environment for the student.
There are training options for parents, families, and teachers intended to help people with ADHD. Parents are taught how to encourage their child. Learning how to respond to stress can also help parents calmly approach the behavior of their child. Interacting with other parents with similar issues can also provide the support parents and family members need.
You can find more information about ADHD from the CDC supported program, Children and Adults with Attention/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) online at http://chadd.org/nrc. You can also find information on these websites:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd
MedlinePlus (National Library of Medicine) at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/attentiondeficithyperactivitydisorder.html