ADHD

By: Thomas Bye

Symptoms:

Inattention, difficulty paying attention to details, often makes careless mistakes, easily distracted, frequently interrupts to make noises, procrastination, problems finishing homework or other task that requires effort/concentration, disorganized work habits, forgetfulness, failure to finish jobs/tasks, often shifts in conversation.

ADHD: What it stands for

ADHD as it is commonly called stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Though most people call it ADHD, as what it stands for is really long.

What ADHD is:

ADHD is a mental illness, that is most often found in kids. It can be found in adults, but it is more likely to be diagnosed in childhood.

Who Gets It?

On average, about 5% of kids have ADHD. However, boys (13.2% chance) have a higher chance than girls (5.6% chance) of getting ADHD.

Kids Currently Diagnosed:

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Kids Ever Diagnosed:

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People Who Can Help You If You Have ADHD:

Clinical Social Workers, Mental Health Services, Psychotherapy, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, and Counselors.
According to "Bee", it feels like you need a off switch for your brain.

Medications for ADHD:

Normally Ritalin, or Adderall, but they only work about 75% of the time.

How to get Diagnosed:

You can take an online test, (See below) or see a doctor/psychiatrist/counselor/social worker. You must to have it: Have at least 6 hyperactive impulses for 6 months that doesn't make sense for your development level. Have had symptoms before age 12. Have the symptoms in multiple places (Work, school etc....) Have unexplainable symptoms.

Statistics:

5% of kids have adhd {1}

Boys (13.2%) were more likely than girls (5.6%) to have ever been diagnosed with ADHD.

Works Cited:

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