Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder, otherwise known as ADHD, is the most common psychiatric condition effecting 9.5% of school-aged children in the United States (intuniv, 2013). If the disorder goes untreated, it will cause more long-term side effects and difficulties for the individual as an adult. Adults who have this condition face several adversities in every day life, such as impulsive behavior, low self-esteem and poor work performance. People are not aware of the complications that come with ADHD in adults. Not knowing the symptoms of the disease can cause people to not be sympathetic when they are interacting with someone with disorder.
First, there are two different types of ADHD. An individual can be diagnosed with hyperactivity or impulsivity. Those with hyperactivity cannot sit still, talk excessively, and always act as if they are “on the go (intuniv, 2013). If diagnosed with impulsivity symptoms are blurting out words, have a hard time waiting on others and interrupt others regularly. These symptoms make you think of an undisciplined child and are not ones that will make you think of a disease. This disorder can go undetected for quite some time and that can cause unnecessary stress to an individual’s everyday life.
When people think of a child diagnosed with ADHD, they think of a wild child bouncing off of the walls out of control, but this is not always the case. Some children diagnosed with the disorder can be quiet and are perceived as daydreamers. It is the daydreamers who can go undiagnosed longer because their symptoms are not as disruptive to the people around them. At a young age, symptoms are already starting to show.
Even though ADHD can have negative personality traits, there are just as many positive traits in people with ADHD. Those individuals can be very creative and enthusiastic. Known to have a high energy level and drive that helps them with determination to succeed. Many children with ADHD may struggle in everyday tasks, but most are intellectually and artistically gifted. Celebrities such as Will Smith, Justin Timberlake, Michael Phelps, and Jim Carrey have been diagnosed with this disorder and it has pushed them to get where they are today (Goodin, 2013).
Only doctors or trained health care providers can properly diagnose ADHD. To diagnose the disorder, several observations are done in different settings and at different times. Doctors look to see if the symptoms are present in at least two different life situations, for instance, at school, at home, or in social situations ("How is ADHD diagnosed"). The sooner the disorder can be diagnosed the sooner the individual can be put on medications to help minimize the symptoms.
“Detailed studies of the behavior of hyperactive children and increasing knowledge of brain function have changed the concepts of the fundamental behavioral and neuropathic deficits underlying the disorder”. (Springer, 2010)
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