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What is ADHD?
Also known as “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder”, ADHD is a condition that makes it difficult for an individual to focus or concentrate. Individuals with ADHD also have difficulty sitting still and may fidget or pace almost constantly.
Although ADHD is normally diagnosed during childhood, it may continue on into the teenage or even adult years. Adults with ADHD are more than three times likely to become addicted to drugs or alcohol as others. Scientists are not quite sure why, although they surmise that the tendencies toward impulsiveness and poor judgment that are associated with this disorder could be partly to blame.
Signs of ADHD
A person with ADHD may exhibit all or most of these mental and physical symptoms:
- A failure to follow through on assignments or projects
- Poor organizational or time management skills
- Frequently losing things
- Becoming easily distracted
- Fidgety, squirms in seat
- Cannot stay seated; regularly gets up
- Excessive talking
Changes in Behavior
Those with ADHD seem to always be on the go and may act as though they are driven by a motor. When talking with others, they may constantly interrupt, blurt out the answers to questions, or finish another person’s statements. While these behaviors are often attributed to poor manners or a lack of discipline, they may actually indicate that a person is suffering from a more serious condition, namely ADHD.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder increases the odds that a person will have trouble with the law, abuse drugs or alcohol, attempt suicide, or have frequent accidents. As such, it is imperative to seek help, even for those who may have suffered from ADHD since childhood but have not yet been diagnosed.
Physical and Mental Symptoms of ADHD
The symptoms of ADHD tend to manifest themselves differently in adults than they do in children. Some adults notice fewer or less severe symptoms, while others may have them disappear completely. Adults who do suffer from ADHD tend to experience a few common symptoms, such as:
- Becoming easily frustrated, particularly when asked to multi-task
- Frequent mood swings, which may or may not be noticeable to others
- Difficulty following through or completing tasks
- Constant daydreaming
- Avoiding certain tasks, particularly those that require a great deal of effort or concentration
How North Coast Recovery Can Help
North Coast Recovery is an outpatient treatment rehab center in the Pacific Northwest serving the Portland Metro Area, Hillsboro, Beaverton and surrounding areas in Oregon as well as Seattle, Tacoma, Vancouver and the I-5 corridor in Washington and Oregon. Contact us for more information and to learn how North Coast Recovery can help you or a family member.
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