Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

What is ADHD?

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common disorders among young people. ADHD is a behavioral disorder that is most commonly diagnosed at childhood. It affects your attention span, concentration, and can also affect how impulsive and active the person is.

Famous People with ADHD

                                                                            Jim Carrey

                                                                     Michael Phelps

                                                                     Solange Knowles

                                                                          Will Smith

Symptoms of ADHD

Causes of ADHD

While no one really knows the specific and actual causes of ADHD, its generally agreed by the medical community that it may be caused by genetics and is due to problems in the brain's control system that regulate concentration, motivation, and attention.

How is ADHD diagnosed?

There are two main types of treatments available for someone suffering from ADHD, behavioural interventions and medication. One or the other or both are used depending on the person's severity of ADHD.

Behavioural interventions can help children/adults with ADHD manage their symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsiveness, and inattention. These therapies don't prevent symptoms, but they teach children/adults skills they can use to control them. Some of these therapies focus on strategies for staying organized and focused. Others aim at cutting down on the disruptive behaviors that can affect children/adults with their social lives and behaviour.

Medication/stimulants can help reduce symptoms of hyperactivity, inattentiveness, and impulsivity in children and adults with ADHD. Medication/stimulants don't cure ADHD, but can relieve symptoms while it’s being taken. Once medication stops, those symptoms come back. Also,ADHD medication work better for some than for others. Some people experience dramatic improvement while others experience only modest gains because each person responds differently and unpredictably to medication for ADHD. Medications/stimulants used for ADHD include: Adderall, Concerta, Focalin, and Ritalin.

Support Services in the Toronto Area for ADHD

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