Mental Health Awarness Week; Day 3: ADHD

It is day three of Mental Health Awareness Week and I have chosen the topic of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The reason why I have chosen this particular topic is because I not only had it as a child and adolescent but I have it as an adult as well. Many people don’t realize that both ADD and ADHD are mental illness’s. The stuff I am about to convey to you I got off of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) website at nami.org.

WHAT IS ADHD?

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. The most commonly diagnosed behavior disorder in young people, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that ADHD affects an estimated 9 percent of children aged 3 – 17 and 2 to 4 percent of adults.

Although ADHD has it onset and is usually diagnosed in childhood, it is not a disorder limited to children – ADHD often persists into adolescence and adulthood and is frequently not diagnosed until later years.

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

There are actually thought to be three different types of ADHD, each with different symptoms: predominantly inattentive, predominantly hyperactive/impulsive and combined.

Those living with the predominantly inattentive type often:

  • fail to pay close attention to details or make careless mistakes in schoolwork, work or other activities;
  • have difficulty sustaining attention to task or leisure activities;
  • do not seem to listen when spoken to directly;
  • do not follow through on instructions and fail to finish schoolwork, chores or duties in the workplace;
  • have difficulty organizing task and activities;
  • avoid, dislike or are reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort;
  • lose thins necessary for tasks or activities;
  • are easily distracted by extraneous stimuli; and are forgetful in daily activities

Those living with the predominantly hyperactive/impulsive type often:

  • fidget with their hands or feet or squirm in their seat;
  • leave their seat in situations in which remaining seated is expected;
  • move excessively or feel restless during situation in which such behavior in inappropriate;
  • have difficulty engaging in leisure activities quietly;
  • are “on the go” or act as if “driven by a motor;”
  • talk excessively;
  • blurt out answers before questions have been completed;
  • have difficulty awaiting their turn; and
  • interrupt or intrude on others.

Those living with the combined type, the most common type of ADHD, have a combination of the inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive symptoms.

It is also important to note that ADHD is a condition that often coexist with other conditions.

I am not going to go into what else NAMI says about ADHD because I feel like if you want to find out you can go to NAMI.org to look up the information for yourselves. I do have to say that when I was child I was put on medication to help with the symptoms of the ADHD. The particular school district I was in from Kindergarten to 9th grade made sure the schools I attended I was taught the proper skills I needed that one day I wouldn’t need to depend on meds to help with the symptoms of ADHD. I am grateful for that because the school district I was in from 10th to 12 grades weren’t to keen on much of anything in regards to the diagnosis of ADHD. In fact they thought the medication I was on need to either be upped or changed. My grandparent gave me the option of what I wanted. I option I chose was to not take the medication and well they were happy I chose the option because I was able to prove to the new school and new school district that I could do it myself without the help of medication because of the skills I had learned in the previous school district I was in. I am not saying to go off any of your meds; I am saying that because I learned the proper skills that I was able to get off meds for the ADHD. Yes, I was under a doctors supervision when I was stopping the ADHD medication. Never stop any medication without proper supervision from a licensed medical provider. I am happy to announce that I have been off of ADHD meds for almost 19 years now. Yes, ADHD does still effect me however I am able to deal with the symptoms of ADHD.

I hope that I was able to convey to you what I wanted to in regards to ADHD. I hope that you learned something in regards to ADHD. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions if have any. Thank you for your time and thank you for reading.

Have a goodnight. I hope to blog on a different diagnosis tomorrow in regards to mental illness. Again have a goodnight and don’t let the bedbugs bite. Peace Out!!!!

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5 responses to “Mental Health Awarness Week; Day 3: ADHD

  1. I find it interesting that you refer to ADHD as a mental illness. While it is definitely a condition which makes it tougher to function in accordance with society’s expectations, I’ve never thought of either myself or my daughters as mentally ill. We are simply challenged to learn how to function in a world whose expectations seem unrealistic to us. I also found it interesting,when my daughters were accepted to the GATE program, that the characteristics you and many others have listed as being typical of ADHD are also typical of the GATE child. Somewhere along the line, the powers that be have tried to condition us to believe that sitting still and staying on task for hours on end is normal. I have to disagree. However, as I already knew what was going on, I was able to teach my daughters the coping skills I had learned to at least appear to fit in. Ultimately, we are the ones who need less structured lifestyles and jobs in order to thrive. But thinking outside the box isn’t a bad thing, and overall, I find that not only is it a means to innovation, but that we ADD and ADHD kids attract each other and eventually form our own version of acceptable behavior.

    • ~Sherie~
      Thank you for your comment. I myself have a ADHD and have never considered it a mental illness however it is a mental illness. If you look in the DSM 5 (which is a diagnostic tool to diagnosis mental illness’s) ADHD is a mental illness. I am happy that I was able to educate you (and hopefully others) that ADHD is a mental illness. It is my hopes to lessen the stigma of mental illness at all ages.

  2. This, as with any mental illness, must be very hard to live with. I think my son might have had the condition back in the 70s at school. The teachers put his restlessness down to a high intelligence, but I think there was more simmering beneath the surface. I gave him my complete attention until he was grown–knowing he needed it. I wonder what other parents do.

  3. I look at ADHD as a “brain anomaly” then there’s no stigma. As an ADHD coach (for families primarily and also for adult women) I believe that ADHD is an unrecognized gift and that our problems stem from not conforming to a system that wants (and possibly NEEDS) people to behave a certain way. So, thanks for your post and your personal reflections. You are SO lucky to have had a whole school district supporting you!

    Margit @ Gifted With ADD

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