When you hear ADD or ADHD, what comes to your mind?
Well, throughout the month of June, I shall be sharing very interesting information about ADD/ADHD such as what ADD/ADHD means, myths and facts about ADD/ADHD, types, causes, signs/characteristics, diagnosis, prevalence, management, clinical interventions, parenting tips, adult ADD/ADHD and successful people with ADHD. I bet you’re wondering how someone with ADHD can become successful in life right? Trust me, it’s going to be an interesting month.
What is ADD/ADHD???
ADD is an acronym for Attention Deficit Disorder, while ADHD represents Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Let’s break this down a little bit:
A- Attention refers to the ability or will to keep the mind on something in particular i.e being able to focus on something, usually for a period of time.
D- Deficit means an inadequacy, insufficiency or lack of the ability to perform a given task.
H- Hyperactivity simply means activity level which is above normal range.
D- Disorder refers to a mental or physical interruption of normal functioning.
ADD/ADHD is a chronic neurodevelopmental disorder which results in difficulty sustaining attention, problems with executive functions (ability to plan) and inability to control certain behaviours.
ADD/ADHD affects academic performance and social relationships and it is one of the most common childhood disorders which can span through adolescence and adulthood.
There have been quite a number of myths about ADD/ADHD, am sure you’ve heard about some also. In the next article, we shall be checking out some interesting myths and facts about ADD/ADHD.
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