Parenting Course Excerpt
ADHD is not something you develop or catch from someone else. You do inherit it from someone else in most cases.
Four out of five children with the condition have at least one parent with the condition.
The 18 diagnostic symptoms are divided into 2 groups of nine. For a child, you must have 6 symptoms in each group, while for an adult you must have 5 in each group.
But it gets a little more complicated - there are three broad categories of ADHD which occur along a continuum. There is ADHD, the hyperactive presentation, predominantly male, but not exclusively so.
On the other end of the continuum we find predominantly females with ADD, or the inattentive presentation. In between the two extremes we find the largest group, the combined presentation.
This group is both male and female, and present different level of hyperactivity and/or inattentiveness at different times.
The hyperactive presentation is often seen before the age of 7, while the inattentives only present at puberty, or around the age of 12.
With such a wide range of symptoms finding the right treatment is difficult. In any case, the range of medications to treat the condition is a limited one.
Know The Jargon - ADHD Acronyms
Here are some of the common ADHD acronyms and what they mean
ADDer - a person who has ADHD or ADD
ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder
SCT - Sluggish Cognitive Tempo - new name for ADD
ODD - Oppositional Defiance Disorder
CD - Conduct Disorder
OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Bi-polar - Bi-polar Disorder, used to be Manic-Depression
SPD - Sensory Processing Disorder
PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder
ACT - Action Consequence Trigger - monitoring forms devised and supplied by Living ADDventure®
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