If you have ADHD, you know how difficult it can be to focus and control your behavior. But did you know that you can find ways to manage your symptoms and lead a normal life?
Symptoms of ADHD often start before age 12 and can continue into adulthood. They can range from mild to moderate and severe, but most people with ADHD have symptoms that are milder or less intense.
Inattention (not paying attention) is the main symptom, and hyperactivity and impulsivity are usually more common in children with ADHD than in adults with the disorder. They can also be more frequent or more intense in boys than in girls with ADHD.
Your doctor may use a number of tests to diagnose ADHD. This includes a medical exam, a detailed family history and psychoeducational testing. Your doctor will also look for other conditions that might cause the same symptoms as ADHD.
There are many different medications that can treat ADHD symptoms. They include stimulants, non-stimulants and a combination of both. You may also need behavioral therapy. These treatments help you learn better strategies for managing your symptoms, so you can have a better life.
Stimulants are the most commonly used type of medication to treat ADHD. These drugs can improve your focus and reduce impulsivity. But they can also cause side effects such as drowsiness, high blood pressure, dizziness, and anxiety. They are usually prescribed when ADHD symptoms aren’t getting better with other treatment options, and they may need to be taken regularly or changed depending on your condition.
Some other types of medications can also help with ADHD symptoms, but they don’t work as well and can have a few negative side effects. If you have any questions about the medications you are taking, talk to your doctor.
ADHD is a brain disease that affects about 4.2% of the population. It is a very serious disorder that can cause problems in school, work, and relationships. It can also affect your health and well-being in other ways, such as low self-esteem and depression, low energy, eating disorders, risk-taking, and conflicts with people around you.
Having ADHD means your brain is not developing properly. It also affects your ability to learn and understand the causes of your behavior, such as how your body reacts to stress or changes in your environment.
The frontal lobe, the area of your brain that controls your thinking and emotions, isn’t developing as quickly in people with ADHD as it does in other people. This makes it hard for them to plan and follow through on projects, solve problems, make decisions, understand cause-and-effect, change habits, and learn from mistakes.
It can also affect how much dopamine your brain can produce, which is important for your happiness and feelings of well-being. When you have ADHD, dopamine levels are low or don’t increase as they should. That can cause you to act on impulse, eat a lot of junk food or do risky activities to raise dopamine to a level that you feel.