Attention Issues

 

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is emotionally upsetting and very frustrating.  

 

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a disorder that adversely affects an individual’s ability to concentrate and learn. When this condition is present in physically overactive individuals, it is known as ADD with Hyperactivity (ADHD).

ADD/ADHD is not a mental illness, nor is it a disease. It is characterized by areas of imbalance in the frequency waves of the brain; this imbalance makes it difficult to concentrate long enough to accomplish a task quickly or efficiently. It is a functional disorder of the brain that can be improved with proper treatments.

Although ADHD is frequently diagnosed in children, many adults suffer from the same symptoms and imbalances in the brain as children. 

It is in the best interests of anyone displaying symptoms of ADHD to seek professional treatment. Frequently ADHD is left untreated, many believe time will help. Unfortunately this is rarely the case, adults with ADHD tendencies will frequently look for relief in destructive ways. Many will end up with mood disorders ranging from depression and anxiety to substance abuse. Studies demonstrate a higher divorce rate in untreated ADD adults than those that have undergone some form of treatment. In the workplace an individual’s symptoms may manifest as chronic forgetfulness, numerous mistakes and/or habitual procrastination. These are obviously not traits of good employees and may explain why many with this disorder change jobs frequently.

 

Symptoms

Symptoms are generally grouped into three categories: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness.

Symptoms of Inattention :

  • Has difficulty in following tasks and following directions
  • Is easily distracted,
  • Does not appear to be listening when someone is speaking,
  • Does not pay attention and makes careless mistakes,
  • Is forgetful about daily activities,
  • Has problems organizing daily tasks,
  • Avoids or dislikes activities that require sitting still or a sustained effort,
  • Often loses things, including personal items,
  • Has a tendency to daydream.

Symptoms of Hyperactivity :

  • Often squirms, fidgets, or bounces when sitting,
  • Has difficulty sitting still for long periods
  • Has a hard time playing quietly
  • Is always moving
  • Talks excessively and talks over others

Symptoms of Impulsivity :

  • Shows impulsive risk taking behavior
  • Has difficulty waiting for his or her turn
  • Has substance abuse issues
  • Blurts out answers before the question has been completed,
  • Often interrupts others.

 

Causes

Even though medical research specialists continually study the brain for clues determining the exact cause of ADHD still eludes them. However, they suspect several factors that may contribute to this condition, including:

  • Heredity – It has been found that ADHD tends to run in families suggesting that children as well as adults may inherit a tendency to this condition from their parents.
  • Chemical imbalance – Experts believe an imbalance of brain chemicals, known as neurotransmitters, that transmit nerve impulses may be a factor.
  • Changes in the Brain – It has been found that areas of the brain that control attention are less active in children with ADHD than in children without.
  • Head Injury – There are published reports suggesting that children with head injuries, particularly concussions, develop behavioral problems that can mimic ADHD.

Other factors that may trigger symptoms include:

  • Poor nutrition, infections, and substance abuse (including cigarette and alcohol use)
  • Exposure to toxins, such as lead or PCBs, in early childhood,
  • Injury to the brain or a brain disorder.

 

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