When you hear ADHD, you might think about a young child who’s bouncing all over the place, but the truth is ADHD affects both children and adults alike. ADHD is more likely to be diagnosed in children nowadays but many adults who are diagnosed later in life had ADHD as a child, it just went undiagnosed.
Here are 9 Fast Facts about ADHD to help you Boost Your ADHD IQ! Please note: These facts aren’t meant to serve for self-diagnosis.
2. ADHD is a Common & It Doesn’t Discriminate
ADHD is a non-discriminatory neurodevelopmental disorder affecting people of every age, gender, IQ, religious and socio-economic background.
- ADHD isn’t just disorder found in children.
- ADHD occurs in approximately 5% of children and 4% Adults worldwide.
- As of 2016, approximately 6.1 million children in the US, between the ages of 2 -17, had been diagnosed with ADHD at some point.
4. Types of ADHD
ADHD, ADD, AD/HD are all the same and are now known by the one name: ADHD.
There are 3 different types of ADHD.
Predominantly Inattentive: Difficulty organizing, finishing tasks, or paying attention. Those dealing with Inattentive ADHD usually find themselves easily distracted and forgetful.
Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive: Fidgets and talks a lot. Those dealing with Hyperactive-Impulsive ADHD can often feel restless and impulsive.
Combined: Those dealing with Combine ADHD display symptoms of the 2 other types equally.
Over time, symptoms and presentation can change.
6. CAUSES of ADHD
The cause(s) and risk factors for ADHD are not known.
Research shows that ADHD is NOT caused by too much sugar or TV, bad parenting, social factors (e.g., poverty or family problems).
Scientists are studying possible causes and risk factors including:
- Brain injury
- Environmental toxins (e.g., lead) during pregnancy or at a young age
- Alcohol and tobacco use during pregnancy
- Premature delivery
- Low birth weight
8. MANAGING SYMPTOMS
Being healthy is important. In addition to therapies and medication, a healthy lifestyle can make it easier to deal with ADHD symptoms.
Healthy behaviors that may help:
- Healthy eating
- 60 minutes of physical activity each day
- Limit daily screen time from TVs, computers, phones, etc.
- Get recommended amount of sleep each night based on age
- Consume alcohol sensibly