There are a lot of myths about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) out there; I remember hearing as a kid that it was caused by blue dye in foods (which, as it turns out, may make hyperactivity worse in children), and that it was a made-up term for kids who watch too much television (extremely not true; it's recognized globally as a mental illness). These days, we know a lot more about ADHD, its potential causes, its effects on other disorders, and effective ways to treat it. However, you may not have dipped beneath the surface of ADHD to learn more about this fascinating condition, and there's a lot to know (Bustle.com).
1) ADHD Can Occur In Adults As Well As Children.
2) It Creates Hyper focus
3) ADHD Can Present Very Differently In Girls & Women
4) ADHD Comprises Three Types
a. Predominantly inattentive type
b. Predominantly hyperactive impulsive type fidgets.
c. Mixed type
5) Diet during Pregnancy May Influence ADHD Symptoms
6) ADHD May Increase the Risk of Parkinson's
7) Starting School Early May Be Tied To ADHD Symptoms inChildren
8) Adults with ADHD Experience Boosted Creativity
9) ADHD May Raise the Risk of STIs in Early Adulthood
10) Many Women with ADHD Also Experience Anxiety Issues
11) Mind Wandering Is a Signal of Potential ADHD
12) ADHD Can Also Raise the Risk of Borderline Personality Disorder
13) Untreated ADHD May Affect Relationships
14) ADHD Can Be Treated With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
15) Therapy Dogs Can Help, Too
16) The Rise in ADHD Diagnoses Doesn't Mean It's anEpidemic
When you think about ADHD, what do you imagine? If you're like most people, it's probably a stereotypical image of a young boy bouncing off the walls, buzzing with pent-up, unfocused energy.
But many people with ADHD aren’t hyperactive at all, and by the time they reach adulthood, most hyperactive people have calmed down — at least on the outside. This helps explain why Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, which used to be considered a childhood condition, is now being diagnosed in adults as well.
Here are a few other things you might not have known about ADHD, drawn from a new book Fast Minds, How to Thrive if You Have ADHD (Or Think You Might) published by Berkley Books:
1) Medication Can’t Fix ADHD
2) Not everyone who’s High Energy Has ADHD
3) People with ADHD Don’t Have Trouble Paying Attention
4) There Isn’t One Brand of ADHD
5) Intelligence Has Nothing to Do With ADHD
6) Many People with ADHD Struggle with Short-Term Memory
7) Many People with ADHD Have Trouble Sticking To Healthy Routines
8) ADHD Can Appear Differently At Different Times in Life
Abdulhakim Bashir Tijjani is a graduate of Human Anatomy from ABU Zaria and currently a fifth year medical student of Bayero University Kano. A business planner, Transcriber, Mental Health Advocate, and mental health content creator. Values include honesty, respect, love and trust. Passionate about mental health and general wellbeing of humans with particular interest in Neuropsychiatry, entrepreneurship and search for knowledge. Love reading, research and travelling to new places.
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