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How to Know if I Have ADHD – Signs and Symptoms

ADHD is a hyperactivity disorder that causes inattention and restlessness; there are also some associated issues that can worsen the symptoms.

However, ADHD is a behavioral disorder, and it can be hard to diagnose; it’s important to observe the behavior and to uncover patterns, and monitor the effects of behavior on work and relationships. Read on for more information.

What is ADHD?

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and tends to affect young people between the ages of 6 to 12 years old. The conditions can make people feel restless and cause them to act on impulse. The condition is thought to improve with age but doesn’t always.

ADHD is not the end of the story since people with the condition might experience additional symptoms, including sleep issues and issues with anxiety. If your family member experiences restlessness along with anxiety, try to visit a medical professional to seek a diagnosis.

How can this disorder affect your life?

ADHD causes restlessness and inattention, which can have a significant bearing on someone’s life, making it harder to concentrate and form relationships. But there are other issues too, including overconsumption of food, substance misuse, anxiety, and problems gettings to sleep.

When a person can’t concentrate properly on their work or studies, it can affect their life chances as well as their life quality, especially if there are additional symptoms such as sleep deprivation. But how is it possible to know if you or someone you love suffers from an ADHD condition?

How to know if you have ADHD

It can be difficult to know if someone has ADHD, especially if they are younger, between the ages of 6-12. ADHD is a little easier to diagnose in adults, but It’s fairly normal for children in this age category to have lots of energy and to lack attention at times, so how can you tell?

The three main categories for diagnosis of the condition in children and adults is Inattention, Hyperactivity, and Impulsivity. Inattention includes being easily distracted, hyperactivity includes an inability to sit still, and impulsivity is about speaking without thinking and impatience.

How can ADHD be treated?

Before you can treat ADHD, it must be diagnosed by a medical professional; it’s important the criteria for ADHD is met, and the condition is severe enough to warrant treatment. There are several treatments for ADHD, including medicine, therapy, and lifestyle changes.

Typical medicine for ADHD includes Methylphenidate, Lisdexamfetamine, Dexamfetamine, Atomoxetine, Guanfacine. For therapy, ADHD is treated with psychoeducation, behavior therapy, parent training, and CBT. Diet and lifestyle also have a part to play in healing.

Final Thoughts On Treatment

It’s not always easy to find out if you have ADHD and seek professional treatment for it, but it is important if you want to improve your quality of life or the life chances of a family member. Look out for signs of distraction and hyperactivity coupled with sleep loss and anxiety. If these issues for a pattern over time, it’s time to seek help from a medical professional for a diagnosis.

If you believe that you suffer from ADHD, get in touch with High Desert Psychiatry today

With a holistic approach, we can offer the treatment you need to find some relief. View our Psychiatric Services here.

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