Video – ADHD

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ADHD, or attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity, is a neurological disorder that appears during childhood and is characterized by a set of symptoms related to hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattentiveness. ADHD usually has an impact on every part of a person’s life.

An ADHD diagnosis is typically issued after a double consultation with a doctor and a psychologist or neuropsychologist. Only these professionals have the skills and qualifications necessary to make such a diagnosis.

ADHD is one of the most common childhood disorders, and, in 60% of cases, it continues into adulthood.

Motor hyperactivity symptoms, such as frequent hand or foot movements or repeatedly standing up, tend to be less pronounced in adults. However, cognitive symptoms associated with impulsivity and inattentiveness will often remain.

There is no cure for ADHD, but proper treatment and appropriate strategies can help people overcome their difficulties and achieve a good quality of life.

The different treatments are:

  • pharmacotherapy
  • psychotherapy
  • neurofeedback

Parents of a child with ADHD can benefit from psychoeducational help to increase appropriate behaviours and lessen problematic ones.

Here are a few examples of strategies that can be used:

  • establish routines
  • set up a time management system
  • engage in physical activity
  • choose hobbies that provide positive stimulation
  • develop an organizational system

Parents need to take charge of the situation and promote a structure made up of simple, realistic and consistent rules, clear guidance and positive reinforcement of good behaviour.

Employers should not jump to conclusions and ascribe a worker’s symptoms to ADHD. However, it is recommended to ask them whether they’ve had these difficulties for a long time and whether they’ve seen a health professional already. The best course of action is to discuss the available resources with the employee.

People with ADHD must make sure to keep their self-esteem up and remember that they are not defined by their disorder.

To find out more about this topic, we suggest you read the reference document.

In case of any questions, doubts or a specific need for support, don’t hesitate to contact the specialized support service offered to the eligible individuals.