ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) and ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) are neurological disorders that effect a person’s ability to focus and organize. Symptoms include a consistent lack of paying attention as well as movement and fidgeting. Difficulties sleeping, organizing tasks and ideas, or persistent thoughts are also common characteristics.
For example, one with ADD/ADHD can get easily distracted by their thoughts and surroundings, often interfering with their daily life and tasks. You may be thinking to yourself now that everyone has moments where their mind wanders off and they stop paying attention to something. We all do from time to time. The difference here is the severity of it, and the brain chemistry, which makes it a mental disorder. It does not change the person’s overall intelligence, and the person’s focus is not under their control. In fact, their long-term memory may be more vivid than most others, but short term thoughts can be an issue.
This also brings challenges to the way the brain handles its normal management. A person with these disorders may have a harder time working on tasks or not feeling motivated to start something. This can also affect their living space and how organized their rooms or desks are. Prioritizing tasks to accomplish them effectively is difficult.
Within the last few decades, these disorders have often been misused and misdiagnosed to attribute to behavior problems in young children. Studying and becoming aware of the differences between general behavior and attention problems with chronic, uncontrollable disorders are extremely important. Our better understanding of our brains and their processes are key in stopping myths around these topics.
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