ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder has been mentioned a lot in the media. Some think it is myth and a product of poor parenting, poor diets and just psychological BS to make people feel better. Well, I can assure you that this is not the case. As will be mentioned in my blog about Co-morbids, ADHD or ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) is alive and well in my house.
ADHD, causes many different symptoms and is not just about being easily distracted. I think on some level a lot of people get distracted, but it is about how the symptoms affect your daily life and the severity that contributes to need for diagnosis. The symptoms must have affected the adult since childhood for the diagnosis to be made. Some of the issues that affect adults can be:
• Difficulty getting organised
• Impulsivity and recklessness
• Poor listening skills
• Extreme levels of distractibility
• Restlessness and difficulty relaxing
• Difficulty starting tasks
• Chronic lateness
• Angry outburst
• Prioritising issues
These issues can affect things like self-esteem; self-worth and can often affect relationships.
The problem with ADHD and ASD is that some of the symptoms overlap. I know that with my AS, comes my inability to be open to almost any change to plans or routines and often results in emotional outburst when I am unable to pursue interests, not that I have a lot. However, the ADHD also affects tasks I am doing.
Getting my diagnosis was fairly simple in that I saw the same doctor I had for my ASD assessment and we just went through a load of questions. To be fair I scored quite high and all the forms were consist from all people involved in commenting about my issues so it was simple. Essentially 2 hours of interviews and I was then on to discovering the magic of medicine and the options open to me.
Medication has been a great help to me for my ADHD. Whilst it doesn’t take it all away, which is something I can’t imagine. It does however; relieve some of the symptoms enough to make it more manageable.