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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

 

ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER

Everybody has a hard time focusing sometimes and many people have times when they can’t sit still. When it becomes a consistent pattern and is disruptive to daily life, it could be possible a child has an attention disorder. However, before diagnosing ADHD, it is important to consider whether there is a medical and substance use reason for the behavior instead. Plus, sometimes other mental health challenges can look like ADHD, even though they aren’t.

To think more about this, do you ever remember a time when you were feeling nervous about something and noticed that you couldn’t sit still, instead you had to pace back and forth? What if you felt anxious all the time? Could you envision not being able to sit still a lot of the time? Sometimes what appears on the surface to be ADHD could actually be an anxiety disorder or even PTSD.

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It is important to get help from your family doctor or a mental health professional to consider all the different reasons for your (or your child’s) symptoms.

“Take My Hand” – A Child’s Perspective of ADHD

YouTube Channel: My Little Villagers

Ever wonder what having ADHD is like for kids? This video shows ADHD from a child’s perspective. The amazing little girl in the video is seven years old and she has ADHD (Combined Type).

Two Olympic athletes share how they have coped with ADHD.

Child Mind Institute: Michelle Carter #MyYoungerSelf

American shot putter Michelle Carter talks about how she has coped with ADHD.

Child Mind Institute: Michael Phelps #MyYoungerSelf

23-time gold medalist, Michael Phelps talks to his younger self about his ADHD.

Further Reading

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has two handouts that explain ADHD to caregivers and young adults.

ADHD is often accompanied by behavioral issues. This Child Mind Institute article explains why.

For more information on ADHD visit The National Resource on ADHD,

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