ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, which is a mental condition. People with ADHD have differences in how their brains develop and work, affecting their attention, ability to stay still, and self-control. Usually, we associate ADHD with kids, and it’s often diagnosed by the time they’re around 7 years old.
But did you know that adults can have ADHD too? According to experts, around 8.4 percent of children and 2.5 percent of adults have ADHD. There are seven main signs of ADHD in adults:
1. Making careless mistakes and not paying attention to details.
2. Avoiding tasks that require a lot of mental effort.
3. Having trouble focusing on tasks.
4. Not seeming to listen when spoken to directly.
5. Getting easily distracted.
6. Being disorganized or messy.
7. Forgetting things easily.
You might have heard of ADD, which stands for Attention Deficit Disorder. While it’s similar to ADHD, there’s a difference. ADHD includes the “H” for hyperactivity – this means being overly active or restless. But in ADD (or what experts now call ADHD, inattentive subtype), the hyperactivity symptom is absent. People with ADD can be calm and quiet, not necessarily hyperactive.
To treat ADHD, you can consider medications or therapy, and sometimes a combination of both works best.
If you think you or someone you know might have ADHD, it’s a good idea to visit a psychiatrist or psychologist. Remember, seeking help is important, and it’s better to address it sooner rather than later.
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