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Treatment of ADHD

Treatment of ADHD

Most people often shrug off other people’s stubbornness and hyperactivity. While most of them may be correct in their assumption, there are some instances that they are not. A person who is easily distracted, does not follow instructions, is extremely noisy and oftentimes, does not stay put in one place, you may want to talk to him because he might have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD.

Behavioral disorder can affect anyone of all age levels. Studies also show that males are three times more prone to acquiring the disorder than females, but experts have yet to discover the reason behind this.

Signs of ADHD include inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. People with this kind of behavioral condition have difficulty paying attention and have a high tendency to daydream. Staying interested in work and in business is also a challenge for them because they have concentration issues, which make it a little difficult to handle duties. Getting themselves to work on time is also a struggle.

People with ADHD act without thinking. This impulsiveness often results in outbursts of answers even when they are not asked. Because of this, they also have a high tendency to interrupt others. ADHD patients are also prone to talk excessively.

Causes of ADHD

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), studies show that ADHD is a condition that is greatly related to an individual’s genes. But aside from this, risk factors and possible causes of ADHD include the following:

  • brain injury
  • exposures to harmful chemicals
  • premature delivery
  • low weight at birth
  • the mother’s use of alcohol and tobacco during pregnancy

Symptoms in adults also include anxiety, low self-esteem, unorganized, and impulsive. They also tend to experience mood swings, which often lead to problems at work and in their relationships.

In some cases, ADHD is diagnosed after the patient has already reached adulthood when in fact the disorder had already manifested in his younger years. This is why it is important that there is someone who will remain vigilant and closely observant of the behavior of the person with ADHD.

Diagnosis

There is no single test that can determine when a patient has ADHD. Doctors diagnose a patient with this behavioral disorder after conducting several tests that would single out each and every symptom of ADHD. One of these tests is an overall medical exam that would test the person’s vision and hearing to rule out any disease that would affect his attention span. Then the doctors would investigate the person’s behavior in work or business and at home by interviewing his family and friends.

Treatment

ADHD is a disorder that cannot be fixed by medications. In fact, according to the CDC, ADHD is best treated with a combination of drugs and behavior therapy. ADHD patients should undergo behavioral therapy during his first treatment. However, the CDC warned that there is no single treatment for a person with ADHD, which is why it is important to monitor the patient closely.