What Is ADHD?
ADHD is a medical disorder that makes it difficult for a person to sit still and pay attention. It often begins during childhood and continues into adolescence and adulthood. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 6.1 million children were dealing with ADHD as of 2016. Additionally, CDC notes that there was a 43% increase in the number of children with ADHD in the United States between 2003 and 2016.
There is no known cause of ADHD, according to Mayo Clinic. However, ADHD risk factors include genetics, drug use, exposure to lead and/or other environmental toxins, and premature birth weight. The cause of ADHD sometimes impacts the condition’s severity, as well as its symptoms.
There are three symptoms commonly associated with ADHD: inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity (acting without thinking). People dealing with ADHD are more prone than others to become easily distracted when performing everyday activities. They may also fidget when seated, have trouble waiting their turn, and have a tendency to talk nonstop. Fortunately, with proper diagnosis, an individual can learn techniques and develop strategies to cope with ADHD symptoms.