Today’s blog post will dive into the mental illness that effects over 60,000 children in Ireland alone. Irishhealth recently released a statement believed that the figure could be much higher as many people are still undiagnosed. Today I will discuss the causes, treatments and share some valuable info-graphics. It’s time to shed some more light on ADHD.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects children and teenagers and can continue into adulthood. ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder of children. Children diagnosed with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable control their impulses or they may have trouble paying attention. This behaviour disorder then distracts from their school and home life.
It is also more common among young boys than young girls.
ADHD in adults is also becoming more and more common. Adults with ADHD often struggle to be organized, manage their time, setting goals and remaining in a job for a long period of time. Adults with ADHD also suffer with relationships and self-esteem, and can often lead to addictions.
While it may be difficult to spot, the most common tell-tale sign include Inattention, Hyperactivity and Impulsivity (According to WebMD).
What causes ADHD?
- It can be inherited genetically.
- An imbalance in chemicals in your brain.
- Poor brain development in babies such as smoking, drinking, substance abuse during pregnancy can damage a baby’s brain development.
- Lead can heavily damage a child’s brain.
- A brain injury or a brain disorder. Damage to the front of the brain, called the frontal lobe, can cause problems with controlling impulses and emotions.
It is widely believed that sugar and too much TV can cause ADHD. This is untrue.
“ADHD can’t be prevented or cured. But spotting it early,
plus having a good treatment and education plan,
can help a child or adult with ADHD manage their symptoms.”
- Medication: Stimulants can help control hyperactive and impulsive behaviour and increase attention span.
- Therapy: These treatments focus on changing behaviour;
–Special education helps a child learn at school. Having structure and a routine can help children with ADHD a lot.
-Behaviour modification teaches ways to replace bad behaviours with good ones.
–Psychotherapy (counselling) can help someone with ADHD learn better ways to handle their emotions and frustration. It can also help improve their self-esteem. Counselling may also help family members better understand the child or adult with ADHD.
–Social skills training can teach behaviours, such as taking turns and sharing.
–Support groups of people with similar problems and needs can help with acceptance and support. Groups also can provide a way to learn more about ADHD. These groups are helpful for adults with ADHD or parents of children with ADHD.
Find your local support group:
Limerick: ADD Midwest Support Committee Ltd 061-312621
Mayo: ADHD Spectrum Support Group Castlebar, 086 3775702, 094 9060305
Dublin North East: ADHD Support Group 01 8512289
Galway: ADHD Support Group 091-798266
Cork: HADD Child & Family Support Group (Cork) 021-4515032
Laois & Offaly: ADHD Parent Support 085 2461983
Belfast: NIADD (Belfast) 048-90200110
Tipperary: ADHD Support Group 052-6129529
Some Useful Info-graphics:
** Please consult with a medical professional if you are in any way concerned for yourself or your child.