Most of us conceive of ADHD attention deficit hyperactive disorder as a child's problem; which makes sense, considering that most media coverage of the disorder focuses on thing like the medication of children, whether schools should classify it as a psychological issue, and the occasional discovery of foods that might spark problems in children suffering from the disorder. We're still not entirely sure what causes ADHD — genetic and environment factors all seem to play a role, according to Psych Central, with investigations finding that children with ADHD had smaller volumes of "white matter" and thinner tissue in some areas of their brains. But there's something about ADHD that needs to garner more attention: its occurrence in adults. It's estimated that four percent of all American adults have ADHD , which means that the likelihood that you'll know one of these people is pretty high.
Adult Attention Deficit Disorder: Diagnosis, Coping and Mastery
This Atlanta doctor has treated more than patients in the last five years with adult attention deficit disorder. He reads and studies at least 50 or more hours per year in the field of psychiatry, addiction, and ADHD diagnosis and treatments. He searches the adult attention deficit disorder literature weekly in particular for any concerns about any possible neurotoxicity of psychostimulant medications used for adult attention deficit disorder. If you have adult ADHD, the symptoms were present in childhood but may not have become a prominent problem until adulthood. As adults, we accumulate an increasing burden of responsibilities. These responsibilities include marriage, family, job, and finances. Expectations of us as mature, responsible adults include modulating our anger and fears, listening to and hearing our spouses and bosses explicit and implied instructions, and to be able to focus and concentrate to read required reports and instructions.
A mental health disorder is a collection of symptoms that disrupt or destroy the state of emotional and psychological well-being that allows an individual to be able to think and feel and function in an accepted way and to deal with everyday life adequately. The collection of symptoms that make up ADHD are symptoms that have to do with control of attention and action. While everyone is familiar with many of the manifestations of ADHD symptoms, few people without the disorder can understand the stress that the intensity and frequency of these symptoms brings to bear on the ADHD life. Everyone has experienced looking for their keys, or their pen or their wallet or the coffee cup they just had. Everyone has experienced wondering why you came into a room.
Adult Attention Deficit Disorder. Click on Title for more information. Nadeau, Ellen Littman, Patricia O. A super useful book! It has been totally invaluable in learning to understand and love her and all her quirks - like chewing on her hair and clothes -- who would have thought that was ADHD related?