If you or someone you know struggles with focusing or is often restless or forgetful, this could be a sign of ADHD.
ADHD, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder(ADHD), is a mental health condition that impacts millions of people. In fact, there is a really good chance that you or someone you know has it. ADHD can be frustrating for people who are struggling with it and trying to manage their symptoms. It can be even more frustrating for those who are undiagnosed with ADHD.
The purpose of this blog post is to talk about what ADHD is and who it impacts.
What is ADHD?
ADHD is a chronic mental condition. It includes a variation of persistent problems, such as difficulty holding attention, impulsive behaviors, and hyperactivity. While it’s typically identified in children, it can also be misinterpreted or undiagnosed until teenage years or early adulthood.
In most cases, ADHD symptoms are typically first noticed during childhood. This can occur when children have difficulty focusing, have overall challenges with tasks, or are more hyperactive. Children and adults with ADHD may struggle with impulse control and tend to make quick decisions instead of thinking through solutions and outcomes.
ADHD symptoms in children
Two of the most common signs of ADHD for children and adults are hyperactive behavior and the inability to pay attention for long periods of time. Children may also struggle with other problems, such as social or language issues. It’s not uncommon for parents to notice signs of ADHD in their toddlers; however, it can be difficult to distinguish these symptoms from regular childhood development.
- Struggling to remain focused.
- Forgetting things they’ve been told or items in their possession.
- Trouble staying organized or following directions.
- Unable to wait their turn or have a short attention span.
- Struggling to follow instructions or directions
- Difficulty taking tests
ADHD symptoms in adults
It’s not uncommon for signs of ADHD to change as someone grows older. It’s important to know that ADHD just doesn’t go away. Rather, the way it manifests changes.
- Having low self-esteem, feel as if they underachieve, or have an increased sense of worry or insecurity.
- Struggles to get and stay organized.
- Feeling as if they’re underachieving.
- Become easily distracted or bored.
- Often, they feel restless, have addictive behaviors, or have mood swings.
- Impulse issues.
How to treat ADHD
Outside of medication and therapy options, there are other things that you can do to cope with and treat ADHD in both adults and children. Examples include:
Set realistic goals
It’s important to set smaller, more attainable goals for those with ADHD. Setting a smaller goal can increase a sense of accomplishment and boost overall confidence levels. You can also try to personalize the tasks to make them more meaningful to promote relevant connections with the task at hand.
Encourage being active
Sometimes, it feels good to just move and be active. Those with ADHD can find painting, drawing, cooking, or sports enjoyable. Adults should try to get some sort of exercise or physical activity each day. Children should be encouraged to play with toys, go outdoors, or spend time with friends to stay active. This can help them burn their energy off more efficiently.
Write things down
If something needs to be accomplished, having a physical checklist can help you stay on track. Instead of verbally saying what needs to be done, making a list of things that need to be done can help a person with ADHD remember them easier and stay organized.
Maintain a routine
It’s important to create simple routines to achieve goals and stay on task. Those with ADHD tend to do better when their routine is not disrupted. This can include having the same nighttime or morning routine to help stay on schedule and avoid frustration.
If you’re a parent of a child with ADHD or you have ADHD, it’s important to remember to give yourself credit for doing what’s best for you. Being consistent and positive is key. What you’re doing requires resilience and strength.
If you are struggling to manage your ADHD or help your child, don’t hesitate to reach out for ADHD therapy. Together, we can help you learn to manage your symptom and find ways to manage the overwhelm that comes with this condition.