Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Concentration and focus are vital in our everyday life. Adults or children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or attention deficit disorder (ADD) struggle with concentration. ADHD is a mental health disorder that impacts actions and decision-making skills, leading to hyperactivity or impulsiveness.
Medical science has not been able to uncover the actual causes of ADHD; however, researchers believe to have identified the possible causes to be a mix of genetics and environmental factors. Environmental and circumstantial factors include:
- Substance abuse: research has identified that ADHD appears to be predominant in families inclined to use alcohol or smoke. Additionally, continual parental alcohol or smoke exposure, especially during pregnancy, leads to reduced dopamine (a neurotransmitter in the brain), resulting in lesser brain activity leading to ADHD.
- Head injury: head injuries can also increase the risk of developing ADHD.
ADHD in children can be overlooked as age-related vitality and energy. Typically, it requires a health professional to diagnose the condition and develop the right treatment plan correctly. Some common signs and symptoms of ADHD or ADD may include:
- Always engaging in multitasking
- Poor social skills & eye contact
- Poor memory: individuals could find it difficult to recollect names or instructions
- Insufficient attention to detail and comprehension
- Social isolation
- Poor decision-making skills
- Easily distracted- individuals with ADD keeps jumping simultaneously between tasks.
How EG Healthcare can help
Our team of mental health specialists will work with you to create a custom treatment plan to address your specific needs. We treat each individual differently and always keep an eye out for specific symptoms that could derail your life. ADD treatment specialists at EG Healthcare strive to offer a comfortable and stable environment to help you regain control over your emotional and physical health. Our ADHD support team is committed to educating and providing constant care and attention throughout the treatment.
We provide both medication management and mental support for patients with ADHD; in addition to medication management, you will get the following support for a treatment plan, which can include:
- Behavioral Therapy
- Parent Education and Support
Frequently asked questions
Can someone with ADHD live a normal life?
Yes, many people are able to function well in their daily routine. Many people find that medication and/or therapy are important treatment options to consider. While there are still some who may have less severe cases and have found using other tools (setting alarms or reminders, etc.) to compensate for the deficit.
Does ADHD affect sleep?
Yes, ADHD may affect sleep. For some people, ADHD may affect sleep due to the individual experiencing physical or mental restlessness. They may have difficulty falling asleep or sleeping well throughout the night. Fortunately, there are tools, sleep hygiene, or other treatment options that may be useful in managing poor sleep.
What can make the management of ADHD more difficult?
Messy homes, offices, and personal space. Stacks of papers, books, and piles of clothes will remind you of all the things that you must do and can be overwhelming, making it more challenging to get organized or even start to work on cleaning or other tasks.
Also, a lack of sleep can make it more challenging to stay focused and can also affect motor skills.
What foods should ADHD avoid?
Some children become hyperactive after eating candy or sugary foods. There is no evidence that sugary foods cause ADHD. However, excessive consumption of sugary foods can increase hyperactivity in children who have ADHD. Also, too much caffeine can also have a negative effect and worsen symptoms in some people.
Does ADHD worsen with age?
As we get older, natural cognitive changes that occur may make ADHD symptoms even worse. Also, hormonal changes can negatively affect ADHD symptoms.