Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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Late last year, I recovered from a high fever and my whole body just started growing rashes. My mom took me to the doctor’s and we waited for my turn. After a while, a lady with a boy in her arms came into the waiting area. This boy wasn’t any normal boy. He kept clapping his hands and shaking his head frequently. I was a little shocked to see him in that condition. I wasn’t really sure on what to make of it but my mom told me that it was actually a birth defect called ADHD. When I went home, I looked it up and this was what I found.

ADHD is found in about 4% of the population in the US. Other symptoms include forgetfulness, poor impulse control and distractibility. Stimulation medicine such as medicine and psychotherapy is the most effective way to treat the disorder. Here are all the symptoms of ADHD in 2 categories.

Inattention:

    1. Failure to pay close attention to details or making careless mistakes when doing schoolwork or other activities
    2. Trouble keeping attention focused during play or tasks
    3. Appearing not to listen when spoken to
    4. Failure to follow instructions or finish tasks
    5. Avoiding tasks that require a high amount of mental effort and organization, such as school projects
    6. Frequently losing items required to facilitate tasks or activities, such as school supplies
    7. Excessive distractibility
    8. Forgetfulness
    9. Procrastination, inability to begin an activity
    10. Difficulties with household activities (cleaning, paying bills, etc.)
    11. Difficulty falling asleep, may be due to too many thoughts at night
    12. Frequent emotional outbursts
    13. Easily frustrated
    14. Easily distracted

Hyperactivity-impulsive behavior

    1. Fidgeting with hands or feet or squirming in seat
    2. Leaving seat often, even when inappropriate
    3. Running or climbing at inappropriate times
    4. Difficulty in quiet play
    5. Frequently feeling restless
    6. Excessive speech
    7. Answering a question before the speaker has finished
    8. Failure to await one’s turn
    9. Interrupting the activities of others at inappropriate times
    10. Impulsive spending, leading to financial difficulties

If a person has experienced any 6 of the listed symptoms above, the diagnosis is then considered positive. Thank God, I only have 4 of the 14 listed in Inattention. During my days in university, I always sleep in class. I also get distracted easily when I am doing work halfway. Like blogging, somewhere in between reading related articles, I’ll wander to read news on my favourite football team. Man, I can’t concentrate on work when the music is on. Even soft jazz will distract me. I used to procrastinate a lot, catching up on tutorials and projects when deadlines and exams are just around the corner.

But hey, looking in a positive way, a ADHD person actually has an abundance of attention. It’s just hard to focus on one thing. If it’s meaningless, then it’s pointless to do it. Anne Underwood says while the A students are learning the details of photosynthesis, the ADHD kids are staring out the window and pondering if it still works on a cloudy day. That’s actually out of the box thinking.

David Neeleman, CEO of low cost JetBlue Airways calls ADHD one of his greatest assets. The airline e-ticketing system was first used by him! What a smart guy. History legends Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison were also ADHD positive. If you have ADHD, make it your asset. I have 4 traits of it but I will still try to ROCK the world! =)

The Gift of ADHD
Looking at the upside of a disorder

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