So, I know I haven’t talked much about the Mental Health field lately or the diagnoses this blog surrounds. First of all, in my family, there are quite a bit of mental health diagnoses. For those who are not aware, I was recently diagnosed. My hubby was diagnosed as a child. My oldest is also diagnosed with ADHD as well. Here are some facts.
10 Facts About ADHD/ADD
- It is a LIFE-LONG disorder. Contrary to what many people believe, adults can struggle with it just as much as children.
- Not every case of ADHD is the same. In fact. there is no one particular model that it follows.
- People often use ADHD and ADD interchangeably. However, ADD usually refers to the inattentive form while ADHD refers to the condition including Hyperactivity.
- Women especially, go into adulthood before getting a proper diagnosis. Meds can help adults function the same way they help kids.
- Inattentive ADHD can be hard to diagnose. Many children find coping mechanisms to get through school and continue those into adulthood. It can be an incredibly eye-opening event when an older child or adult gets a proper diagnosis.
- ADHD is caused by structural, chemical, and connectivity differences in the brain, mostly genetics.
- The most effective treatments include a mixture of medication and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Mindfulness-based practices.
- In short, ADHD means that the brain is wired differently, and that can mean those with it may think outside the box more often.
- Hyper-focus is a part of ADHD. Just as hard as it is to concentrate at times for someone with ADHD, it can be equally as hard to switch gears once focused on something.
- ADHD can occur with other diagnoses. Sensory Processing Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, and Autism to name a few. This can make the diagnosis of any of these disorders harder. Because of this delays in the diagnosing process can occur.
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Is there any facts you would add to this list??? Let me know in the comments.