Thursday, June 15, 2017

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Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common disorder characterised by hyperactivity, inattention and impulsivity. Symptoms are generally apparent in early childhood, however a diagnosis may be made later in life. It appears that ADHD has a genetic component.

 ADHD symptoms include but are not limited to:
  • Difficulty focusing on one thing 
  • Being easily distracted 
  • Forgetting things 
  • Becoming bored easily 
  • Often losing things 
  • Daydreaming 
  • Difficulty processing information 
  • Fidgeting/squirming 
  • Talking non-stop 
  • Dashing around and playing with everything they see 
  • Having trouble sitting still 
  • Having difficulty doing quiet activities 
  • Impatience 
  • Interrupting conversations 

ADHD is usually treated by the prescription of stimulant medications – they work in 70-80% of cases. While the use of stimulants is controversial, as long as the medication is administered responsibly there should be no chance of addiction.

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