Mental health disorders

ADHD

(Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)

  • Also known as
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • ADD

About ADHD

Is it hard for your child to sit still? Does your child act without thinking first? Does your child start but not finish things? If so, your child may have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Nearly everyone shows some of these behaviors at times, but ADHD lasts more than 6 months and causes problems in school, at home and in social situations.ADHD is more common in boys than girls. It affects 3-5 percent of all American children.The main features of ADHD areInattentionHyperactivityImpulsivityNo one knows exactly what causes ADHD. It sometimes runs in families, so genetics may be a factor. There may also be environmental factors.A complete evaluation by a trained professional is the only way to know for sure if your child has ADHD. Treatment may include medicine to control symptoms, therapy, or both. Structure at home and at school is important. Parent training may also help.NIH: National Institute of Mental Health

Symptoms of ADHD
  • Inattention
  • Hyperactivity
  • Impulsivity

All Medications for ADHD

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for ADHD

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • Your diet will get weird at first but don't let that stop you from taking it it really helps

  • You will get a sense of clarity in the beginning but it will level off because you've adjusted to it. It may feel like it doesn't work anymore - but it is. Don't quit it.

  • Find a good doctor who "gets" ADHD

What’s your best coping strategy?
  • keeping a running task checky box on me

  • Consistency

  • Having that one person by my side to help me stay focused.

  • Besides meds and other chemical treatments (like coffee), I find that having somebody check up on me to keep me on-task is helpful.

  • Staying focused using a timer for each allotted task

  • CRISPER

Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • mindfulness training

  • Having a great support system

  • Scheduling events in an hour to hour format planner!

  • scheduled outdoor activities

  • Sleep, exercise, healthy eating

  • Paychotherapy

  • Counselling