6 Things You Need to Know About ADHD

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ADHD treatment, awareness and diagnosis have all come a long way in the past few years. However, it is still an extremely individual journey for every person and family who finds themselves exploring what it means to have — or support someone with — ADHD. Therefore, it’s important to become as informed as possible by educating yourself about what it means to live with ADHD so you can support your child or family member as they learn and grow throughout the years. No matter how old your child is, you can always continue learning and assisting them along their journey in managing their ADHD. 

Here are a few things but you should know about ADHD

1. There are Different Types

Although ADHD usually falls under a single diagnosis, there are actually three different types of ADHD that are commonly found in different patients. These three types are called predominantly inattentive, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive and combined type ADHD. With those who have inattentive ADHD, many of the symptoms will present in difficulty focusing, finishing tasks, sitting still and listening. However, hyperactive-impulsive ADHD tends to present symptoms that involve fidgeting, interrupting people when they are talking and a constant need to stay occupied. As the name implies, the combined type of ADHD present and symptoms of both of the more specific types. Combined is also the most common type of ADHD diagnosed in patients.

2. Symptoms Present Differently In Everyone

Even though there is a set of symptoms that can lead to diagnosis and the set of criteria for ADHD, there’s no requirement for everybody to have the same exact experience. While some people experience a sense of social isolation, others can experience an overactive and overtly social experience. While some people hyper-fixate, others will have trouble focusing on any one task. It truly is an individual experience.

3. Adults Can Have It, Too

Although ADHD is largely presented as a juvenile condition, especially with the rise of diagnosis in children, many adults live with ADHD. There tends to be a misconception that adults can’t have ADHD, or that children will outgrow their disorder as they age. However, this is actually not the case. More often than not, well-supported children learn how to manage and cope in more productive ways, and simply struggle less as they get older.

4. Not Everybody Needs Medication

Another common misconception about ADHD is that the recent uptick in diagnosis is a problem in itself because it contributes to the overmedication of children. Although the conversation about medicating children is a different one entirely, the fact of the matter is that not all children with ADHD require medication at all. More often than not, medication is only prescribed after it is deemed necessary by a licensed therapist. In order to get to that point, a child needs to have been seeing a therapist who can recommend a route for medication. Although some people do require medication and there is nothing wrong with that, a diagnosis of ADHD does not automatically lead to a prescription.

5. ADHD Can Require Different Approaches to Learning

Even though ADHD can impact many different areas of life, one of the places that it can show the largest difference is in learning. Even though each child learns differently and they all need certain specialized techniques and attention to learn at their best — even those who don’t have ADHD — kids with ADHD will inevitably need a bit more attention when it comes to their learning process. Some kids will require the ability to focus intensely and dive deeply into projects, while others will require a more active and kinesthetic approach to learning.

6. It’s All a Learning Curve

Everyone from newly diagnosed kids to adults living with ADHD is growing and learning about themselves throughout the process of their treatment and lives. Living with ADHD is about learning new things and coping in new ways every single day because that’s a part of life. From go-to coping stills to preferences and learning techniques, things may develop and change with time. You won’t know everything that there is to know yet — and that’s exactly how it’s supposed to be.

What You Need to Know About ADHD

Whether you’re somebody with a brand-new ADHD diagnosis, a parent of a newly diagnosed child or someone who has been in the game for a while now, there is so much to learn and understand about the ADHD experience. Even though there is so much more support and information out there now than there was even a few years ago, there is still so much room to learn and grow on an individual and collective level. It’s all a work in progress, and that’s true of so many things, not just your ADHD journey. No matter who you are, learning and growing with the support of those who love you can make a difference in anything.

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