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ADHD Facts

ADHD | Paradigm Austin

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder has been mistreated in the medical community, ADHD is often labeled as not being a real condition when in truth it is a difficult disorder to live with.

The disorder has now been acknowledged as a very real and ever present mental disorder, not something made up or fictionalized.

This disorder has no age limit, no gender preference or ethnicity that is more likely to develop it’s symptoms, ADHD can affect anyone, although, young boys are typically the most often diagnosed.

Diagnosing ADHD can be a difficult and lengthy process, and treatment for the disorder is a combination of medication, therapy, training and education.

If the disorder goes diagnosed for too long, the problems will only continue to get worse with age:

  • Relationship problems
  • Unable to perform well in school or work
  • More incidents of obesity
  • More troubles with the law

ADHD cannot and should not be blamed on the individual who has it, they are not any more in control of their diagnosis than you are.

Genetics play a key role in the development of the disorder as well as the environment and the individual’s own unique brain chemistry.

For the full article on ADHD Awareness Month click HERE