Get to know ADHD

October seems to be flying by!  As we have been talking about, this month here at ATD we are trying to raise awareness on two important topics that affect so many people.  October is Dyslexia and ADHD awareness month.  We posted some facts on Dyslexia earlier this month.  If you missed it, click here to check those out.  Today we would like to chat about ADHD.  

First and foremost, we want point out that we are just tipping the iceberg with these topics.  Our goal is to get some information in front of people so that we can understand and hopefully look into these topics more to learn more about them.  Learning with the goal of being more empathetic and understanding to those that we come in contact with!!

Now! Let's learn about ADHD!

The National Institute of Mental Health defines ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) as being marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning of development. 

Some interesting facts are:

1- 7 is the average age of diagnosis.

2- Many times it is thought of as affecting children only.  This is not true as in 30-60% of cases it persists throughout the person's lifetime.

3- Another common myth is that it is over diagnosed. Studies show that it is often misdiagnosed but many cases are still left undiagnosed.

4- ADHD can be easily confused with other conditions like anxiety.  That is why proper evaluation and testing are recommended by a qualified professional.

5- There are so many helps and resources out there for people with ADHD. 

ADHD does not have to be looked upon as a negative.  There are many amazing people that have this diagnosis and thrive.  Our ADHD shirt has a list of well-known people who are part of this community. 

We hope and encourage you to go ahead and do your own research!  If you feel like yourself or a loved one might have ADHD we encourage you to find a licensed specialist who can do the evaluation and testing necessary to properly diagnose. 

We hope that by spreading some information on both ADHD and Dyslexia this month, we can help remove some of the negative assumptions that sometimes are given with these topics and help spread positivity and love.  

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