A person with ADHD has difficulty focusing for long periods of time. This limited capacity affects every aspect of their lives, such as school, employment, and relationships. They perform poorly, and this brings about low self-esteem and feeling less than those around them. ADHD presents differently for each person, and the symptoms may evolve with age as the person learns to self-adapt.
ADHD is not a curable mental health condition, so treatment focuses on managing symptoms and providing a person better tools for various life situations. The most successful cases involve a combination of medications and behavioral therapy. Many children who are diagnosed with ADHD only receive medications, and this can have less than desirable results, as the child is still left with limited coping skills.
Discerning normal behavior from signs of ADHD takes experience and expertise in the condition. A person with ADHD has symptoms other than hyperactivity, such as:
No specific cause has been identified for ADHD, but some common factors have been revealed in those who live with the condition, such as:
The mental health community has not developed a reliable test for ADHD, so the condition is diagnosed through a review of the person’s symptoms. The history should include symptoms over a long period of time and in many different situations. Our mental health counselors may categorize your ADHD as:
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