What is ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a type of neurodevelopmental disorder that impacts an individual’s ability to regulate their attention, impulses, and hyperactivity. The primary symptoms of ADHD consist of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Inattention symptoms may manifest as problems with concentration, forgetfulness, or careless errors. Hyperactivity symptoms may appear as restlessness, excessive fidgeting, or talking excessively. Impulsivity symptoms may show up as interrupting others, impulsive actions, or struggling with waiting for one’s turn.
What Causes ADHD?
The exact cause of ADHD is not fully understood, but research suggests that it may be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Studies have found that individuals with ADHD may have differences in the way their brain develops and functions, particularly in areas related to attention, impulse control, and hyperactivity.
How is ADHD Treated?
ADHD can be treated through a combination of medication, behavioural therapy, and lifestyle changes.
The most commonly prescribed medications for ADHD are stimulants, which work by increasing the levels of certain chemicals in the brain that regulate attention and impulse control. Non-stimulant medications may also be used for individuals who don’t respond well to stimulants or experience side effects.
Lifestyle changes can also be beneficial for individuals with ADHD. This may include getting regular exercise, following a healthy diet, establishing routines, minimising distractions, and getting enough sleep.
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) can help individuals with ADHD to learn strategies to improve their focus, organisation, and time management skills. It can also help them learn how to manage impulsive behaviours and improve their social skills.
CBT for ADHD typically involves identifying and challenging negative thought patterns and beliefs that can lead to disorganisation, procrastination, and distractibility. Individuals learn how to break tasks into smaller, more manageable steps, prioritise their goals, and set realistic expectations.
Therapy can also help individuals with ADHD develop coping strategies for managing impulsive behaviours, such as interrupting others or acting without thinking. This may involve learning techniques for impulse control, like pausing and taking deep breaths before responding to a situation. Another important aspect of therapy for ADHD is social skills training, which can help individuals improve their communication and relationship-building skills.
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