Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
What is it?
ADHD is a common condition in which a person usually has trouble paying attention or focusing on task, often acts on impulse/without thinking, and may have trouble sitting still.
It affects people of all ages, and is a lifelong condition
Symptoms vary from person to perso
Who is affected by it?
ADHD can affect individuals of many different ages, with different symptoms.
Toddlers: While toddlers are usually pretty active and unruly, a toddler with ADHD will usually have extremely unruly behaviour. A toddler with ADHD can be described as very hyper, and they are often not able to sit still or stop talking. While these are warning signs, most children are not diagnosed until a few years later.
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Researchers have a connection between mothers who smoked tobacco products/drank alcohol during their pregnancy and the development of brain/learning problems in their children. Nicotine and alcohol can be toxic to developing brain tissue, and can affect the behaviour of children who were exposed to these substances.
Trauma is another cause of ADHD. Injury to the brain caused by events such as brain tumors, strokes, or disease. Factors like these can cause problems with inattention and acting impulsively. While this is a rare cause of ADHD, it still occurs sometimes.
ADHD vs. ADD
Many people do not know the difference between these two medical conditions, as they are very similar, but there is one main difference between the two. When someone has ADHD, they often have symptoms of hyperactivity and restlessness (The “H” in ADHD stands for hyperactivity.) However, when someone has ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder,) the hyperactivity symptom is absent. People with ADD show symptoms of inattention, but can be very calm rather than hyperactive.
Myths about ADHD
ADHD is not a real medical