A Life with Adhd

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A life with ADHD
Imagine. You are trying to get an assignment done for either school or work. You know you need to get it done and you know you can do it. But it seems like your mind keeps wandering off and you soon realize that you’ve wasted hours that could have been used to finish the assignment. You try to get back into focus, yet your mind wanders again, and again until soon you have to rush to get it done, and risk doing it poorly, if you get it done at all. Unfortunately, this is just one of many scenarios for people who have grown up and are living with ADHD. But what is ADHD? Well, to start, ADHD is short for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. ADHD is a psychiatric disorder and is characterized by either significant difficulties of inattention or hyperactivity and impulsiveness or a combination of two. There are three subtypes of the disorder which consist of it being predominantly inattentive, predominately hyperactive-impulsive, or the two combined. It is the most commonly studied and diagnosed psychiatric disorder in children, affecting three to five percent of children worldwide, all starting before the age of seven. ADHD impacts school-aged children and results in restlessness, acting impulsively, and lack of focus which impairs their ability to learn properly. My brother was diagnosed at a mere age of three years old. Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to diagnose and many children are often misdiagnosed with either having it when they do not, or not being diagnosed and treated when they do have it. There are many children that never grow out of it. ADHD is a chronic disorder with thirty to fifty percent of those individuals diagnosed in childhood continuing to have symptoms into adulthood. It is estimated that 4.7 percent or eight million American adults live with ADHD. But how do you find out if you or someone you know has it? The key…...

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