In this post I am going to touch on something a little bit different to what I usually write about; but this is something which my friend informed me about and something that I find particularly interesting.
I do not have any direct qualifications in regards to psychology or anything related, that said, I love to read about this and it’s nice to put something a little bit different on my blog that I care about.
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a medical condition which is often misunderstood; people merely associate it the naughty kid in school who hasn’t been disciplined. ADHD does tend to show in younger years, usually around the age of 7 is when it is diagnosed, but this misunderstanding does not help the child learn how to cope and manage their ADHD.
ADHD is not just a learning difficulty it is a psychiatric disorder first which will then impair a person’s learning. If a person has a condition that inhibits mental functioning or causes significant mental impairment to the point that it interferes with basic executive functioning skills, the condition is classified as a psychiatric disorder. (http://www.c8sciences.com/is-adhd-a-learning-disability-or-mental-illness/)
Just as me suffering with depression may affect my ability to work – the same applies to ADHD.
How ADHD is recognised within children is they have many or all of the symptoms and show these symptoms consistently for a consecutive period of six months, more so than their peers. You can read more about what the specific symptoms are here (http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder/Pages/Symptoms.aspx )
What people do not realise about ADHD is that people with this disorder tend to generally have higher than average IQ’s; we as people tend to be able to determine which tasks are most important in daily life, we are able to have a sense of urgency towards one task at a time. Those with ADHD have difficulty prioritising as they have several things going on in their mind at once time and find it hard to complete a task without having a true sense of urgency – that said, they do actually want to complete the task – they are not lazy, which is what people tend to think.
Furthermore ADHD isn’t just ADHD there are three types:
- Primarily Inattentive
Often make careless mistakes as they have difficulty sustaining attention. They are forgetful, easily distracted by external stimuli and tend to misplace things.
- Primarily hyperactive-impulsive
Tend to be fidgety and struggle to stay seated; appear to be ‘driven by a motor’ talk or run around excessively – struggling with self-control.
Have six or more symptoms from both have 12 or more in total.
An interesting observation made by professional is type number 1 tends to be seen more in adults and girls; type number two in children and men.
What do most people picture when they hear ADHD? Probably a 9 year old boy, who fails to remain still, speaks loudly, interrupts everyone, doesn’t know how to raise his hand in class and loves to play dangerously. However in most instances, this is not actually the case.
They have an impulsive nature and character about them; many things are going on in their mind at once and they let it out. This has nothing to do with the lack of discipline from parents but something more complex that is going on within their brains.
However the child who is staring out the window watching a bird or the rain whilst not doing their work also has ADHD. This is inattentive ADHD and is less likely to be recognised by the people in this child’s life. This can cause big problems as it is never dealt with; especially with self-esteem.
As stated on (https://www.additudemag.com/secrets-of-the-adhd-brain/ ) ADHD is not a damaged nervous system, it is a nervous system that works well using its own rules; arguably it should not be considered a learning disability as by the time people with ADHD reach high school they are able to tackle problems that stump everyone else and can jump to solutions that no one else ever considered.
This is just a small dip into the complexity of ADHD as someone who is interested in the nature of the brain, the mind and mental illnesses and disorders I think it is important that we all learn to understand a little more of what affects people in their daily lives – whether or not it may affect us ourselves.
Changing ignorance, eradicating stigma and raising awareness for how things really are can only ever have positive effects on how we communicate with one another and how people who may have a diagnosis of some kind, feel about themselves.
We are as we are.
– Tazmin Pye