Misconceptions About ADHD
Imagine you’re in the classroom, listening to your teacher babbling on about, say, the migration period for hours. You don’t have your cellphone, a book to read, or any such tool to take your boredom away. It is tough to bare the long lecture and keep your attentiveness, wouldn’t you agree? Now if attention is so hard to preserve in such daily occasions, try to grasp how hard it could be for someone diagnosed with ADHD.
It is not like the common cold!
Often we hear people, usually teens, complaining that they suffer from ADHD. Common public perception suggests that everyone who is a scatterbrain, that is, whomever has a tendency to be disorganised and lack concentration skills probably has ADHD or a similar disorder. Teens quite often diagnose themselves with such as a relief or an excuse. Luckily, and sadly, that is not the case. ADHD, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is on the contrary a much more severe and extreme mental/psychological condition. It is a neurological disorder, and thus one with ADHD is generally not aware of his/her distraction or wrongdoing. They wouldn’t classify their behavior as irregular.
Adults are at risk, too
Although scientists believe that it is probably caused by the interaction of genetic and environmental factors, the specific causes of ADHD still remain unknown. ADHD has critical impacts on the host. It is more common in children although the amount of adults with a normal life suffering from this disorder is significant enough not to ignore. This disorder can affect any phase of life regardless of the age.
Its Effects & Symptoms
However, the effects are much more apparent in childhood. Children with ADHD tend to lack attention, be extremely disorganised and have difficulties following rules and regulations. They cannot keep the track of time; every minute of a task feels like hours for them. They may throw violent temper tantrums when overwhelmed by a static situation or workload. Impatience and continuous random motions, like swirling or fidgeting in their seats, are common results of this disorder. These results generally effect academic declination for children. They may need special education aids or treatment. Nevertheless, many educational institutions insist on not recognising the disorder and view the situation as the child not wanting to cooperate.
These children are definitely not stupid, but the problem is that they are not always in control of themselves. Seeing a mosquito flying about the classroom would completely disrupt their brain activity and shift their focus. A critical effect of ADHD is that it interrupts the functioning of and the intercommunications between different cognitive executive functions of the brain, such as organising tasks, focusing, regulating actions, managing emotions and frustrations, memory and recall, and self-regulation. This affects the patient in many aspects of his/her life, not just academically. One may experience problems in relationships with other people or keep inconsistent performance at work etc.
I do have a friend diagnosed with ADHD, and from his experience I could tell that people aren’t always understanding as they do not realise the problem. When you encounter a person with ADHD, please don’t blame them for unresponsiveness. It is not because they do not care or don’t want to, they are trying their best to overcome their internal barrier. Show that you can feel their struggle. It was hard at first for me to get close with my friend but I’m glad we are past this obstruction.