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ADHD – What is it?!

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, often abbreviated ADHD, is a medical condition caused by differences in the brain’s development and activity. ADHD impacts one’s ability to sit still, engage in self-control, and/or pay attention.

According to ADHDAwarenessMonth Coalition’s website, “The mission of ADHD Awareness Month is to educate the public about ADHD by disseminating reliable information based on the evidence of science and peer-reviewed research.” https://adhdawarenessmonth.org/coalition/

If nothing else, the coalition would like you to know the following 7 facts about ADHD:

  1. ADHD is REAL.
  2. ADHD is a common, non-discriminatory disorder.
  3. Diagnosing ADHD is a complex process.
  4. Other mental health conditions frequently co-occur with ADHD.
  5. ADHD is NOT benign.
  6. ADHD is nobody’s FAULT.
  7. ADHD treatment is multi-faceted.

ADHDAwarenessMonth.org

Common Symptoms

Children

  • Struggles getting started
  • Reminders needed to stop and listen
  • Rushes through homework

Teens and Adults

  • Struggles in school
  • Forgets to write things down
  • Easily distracted
  • Loses things
  • Relationship struggles

ADHD can also contribute to:

  • Problems succeeding in work/school
  • Loss of productivity/motivation
  • Increased driving citations and/or accidents
  • Problems with overeating and/or obesity
  • Additional legal problems

Here at Owens Counseling, we have numerous clinicians with experience working with children, teens, and adults with ADHD diagnoses. For more information please visit our therapist tab or www.owenscounseling.com/therapists/!

Ways to Get Involved:

  • Share your story
  • Get tested
  • Provide support
  • Educate yourself and others

Additionally, we work in connection with ADHD Specialist, Katelyn Mabry, for additional ADHD support!

For more information on educator, speaker, reading specialist, and ADHD Advocate, please visit her website at
https://www.katelynmabry.com/