What is ADD and ADHD?
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are two disorders that are commonly symbiotic in the way they affect their victims.
ADD.org describes ADHD as, “a highly genetic, brain-based syndrome that has to do with the regulation of a particular set of brain functions and related behaviors.”
ADD and ADHD are disorders which disallow the person who is affected to be able to keep a high attention span. They are often fidgety, can’t sit still, and jump from one subject or task to the other, unable to continually focus on any one thing.
Children and adults alike are diagnosed with ADD and ADHD.
Children with either of these conditions are unable to focus and therefore, they have trouble learning in a conventional school environment. The only difference in ADD and ADHD in children is that if the child is also hyper, they have ADHD.
This can cause children to act out and appear to be misbehaved, when really, their actions stem from their disorder, not their intelligence, or want to behave.
Adults with ADD and ADHD are far more prone to being unable to keep a job, having trouble in their relationships, and are often looking forward, before they’ve even completed what they’re working on.
While these disorders do not affect intelligence, it can be difficult for the adult to express their knowledge, because their focus is always shifting.
Looking for signs of ADHD in loved ones
Fortunately, there are signs and symptoms that loved ones can notice to help people affected by these disorders get the help they need.
Here are the main things to look for in different age groups:
What are the risks of resulting drug abuse?
Drug and alcohol abuse, especially in the case of those suffering from ADD and ADHD symptoms are only compounding the problem.
According to a study cited by ADDitude Magazine, “Five percent of adults with the disorder had abused or were dependent upon alcohol or drugs during the previous year. That’s nearly triple the rate for adults without ADHD.”
Most of the substances abused are marijuana and alcohol, but considering both are depressants, these drugs alone only make the symptoms worse.
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