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Could it be ADHD?

October is ADHD Awareness Month.

Let’s start with some quick facts about ADHD:

  • ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

  • ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder, as defined by the American Psychological Association

  • ADHD can be diagnosed in children 6+ and adults

  • There are 3 types of ADHD

  • ADHD symptoms need to be present in more than one area of life

  • ADHD is often an underlying factor for anxiety, depression, oppositional behavior, and relationship challenges

  • ADHD impacts the executive functioning area of the brain

  • ADHD management often needs to include multiple things, such as diet/exercise, medication, and therapy

  • ADHD brains reach maturation later than neurotypical brains. This is particularly evident in social-emotional development

  • ADHD is life-long. Symptoms can be managed; however, there is no “permanent treatment or cure" for ADHD

  • ADHD is genetic, families often have multiple people with the diagnosis

  • ADHD is often misdiagnosed in girls because it presents different externally

  • ADHD is considered Neurodivergent, or a different type of brain