Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder is commonly known as ADHD. This mental health condition always begins in childhood and continues into adulthood, where it is more likely to be recognized. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms are numerous and may cause significant life problems.
Typical Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms
You may experience some or all of the below:
- Difficulty with concentration and focus.
- Task completion becomes difficult
- Difficulty with organization
- Stress and coping strategies are weak
- Difficulty maintaining stable relationships
- Increased impulse behaviors
- Fluctuating moods
- Frequent squirminess and frequently fidgets
- Excessive talking and communication
- Running and climbing during inappropriate times.
- Playing quietly is rare. Frequently loud and rowdy.
- Constantly moving (on the go)
- Before someone is finished asking a question, they blurt out the answer.
- Difficulty waiting for their turn
- Intrudes of conversations of interrupts in the midst of a sentence.
Boys and girls generally show different behaviors. Boys are more outspoken and obvious with their behaviors while girls often become quite while they daydream and become inattentive. On the other hand, boys will be hyperactive, fiddling and playing, while also having trouble complying with adults.
The Causes of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms
The exact cause of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is still unclear, but there are many things that have been linked to the disorder. These possible factors include:
- Changes in the brains function and anatomy – Brain scans have been used to observe the fluctuations in brain activity of those afflicted with ADHD. Through these, there have been many discoveries showing differences in brain activity of those with and those without ADHD.
- Genetic – There have been patterns that suggest ADHD is an inherited trait and can run through the family.
- Intoxicants while in the womb can cause damage – Smoking, drinking, using drugs, and the exposure to toxins can increase the risk of your child developing ADHD. Being exposed to environmental toxins can cause these problems as well.
- Being exposed to environmental toxins – As a child. that can be threatening as well. Preschool children are most likely to have developmental and/ or behavioral problems if they are exposed to toxins from the environments. These toxins can include commonly overlooked items, such as lead from paint or piping in older buildings.
Treatments and Drugs for ADHD.
Through the use of prescription drugs and treatments, the common attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms can be minimized or go away all together. Stimulant and nonstimulant medications are the most commonly prescribed. These can include:
- Methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta, Daytrana)
- Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine)
- Dextroamphetamine-amphetamine (Adderall)
Side Effects of Stimulant Medication(s)
Although the medications can provide some relief, being aware of the side effects is necessary. The reasoning for why these medications work is unknown.
The most common side effects include:
- Suppressed appetite
- Sleeping problems
- As medication wears off, irritability generally sets in as a result
- Weight reduction
There are many things about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms and causes that are still unknown and a mystery to physicians.