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Everything you need to know about ADHD
- ADD and ADHD are the same disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder was officially renamed Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in 1994. Many people use ADD to refer to Type One presented here, and ADHD to refer to Type Two, but they are the same core disorder.
- In many cases where ADHD carries into adulthood, it’s a genetic issue [My grandfather, mother, siblings, and I have all been diagnosed with ADHD], though this does not always occur.
- There are a lot of talks about how ADHD is overdiagnosed, and that may be true for boys, but for girls ADHD is severely underdiagnosed.
- Older studies mostly looked at hyperactive boys and that’s the perception we have of ADHD. Because of this many girls will go undiagnosed until adulthood.
- Most girls/women who have ADHD are inattentive type. They tend to be introverted, disorganized and daydreamers.
- Girls will internalize these as personal failings and teenage girls have a much higher rate of suicide and self harm because of it
- ADHD is often comorbid with anxiety and depression, both of which are caused by the failings from having ADHD
- Depression can present itself differently in people with ADHD. It is more of a discouragement from constantly failing, but it can be just as debilitating.
- Read this article from the Atlantic: It’s Different for Girls with ADHD
- ADHD is usually perceived as a lack of focus… however, individuals with ADHD have a tendency to “hyperfocus” on activities that their brains find stimulating
- Sometimes this hyperfocusing behavior lasts for extended periods of time, and so the person may require some kind of system to help them “snap out of it” if it’s causing them to spend too much time on any one activity, or if they are neglecting other tasks
- Hyperfocus can be used to one’s advantage-with the right tools
- “People who think ADD means having a short attention span misunderstand what ADD is. A better way to look at it is that people with ADD have a disregulated attention system.” -Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D.
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