ADD/ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder predominantly inattentive (ADHD-PI), also called attention deficit disorder (ADD), is one of the two types of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The term was formally changed in 1994 in the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition (DSM-IV), to “ADHD predominantly inattentive” (ADHD-PI or ADHD-I) – though the term attention deficit disorder is still widely used. ‘Predominantly Inattentive’ is similar to the other subtypes of ADHD except that it is characterized primarily by inattentive concentration or a deficit of sustained attention, such as procrastination, hesitation, and forgetfulness; it differs in having fewer or no typical symptoms of hyperactivity or impulsiveness. Lethargy/fatigue is sometimes reported but ADHD-PI is a separate condition from Sluggish cognitive tempo.

The three most popular ADHD medications in order are Amphetamine mixed salts with dopamine and norepinephrine basically balanced, Methylphenidate with a dopamine emphasis, and Atomoxetine with a norepinephrine emphasis.’
Source: Wikipedia

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD, similar to hyperkinetic disorder in the ICD-10) is a psychiatric disorder of the neurodevelopmental type in which there are significant problems of attention, hyperactivity, or acting impulsively that are not appropriate for a person’s age. These symptoms must begin by age six to twelve and be present for more than six months for a diagnosis to be made. In school-aged individuals the lack of focus may result in poor school performance.

Despite being the most commonly studied and diagnosed psychiatric disorder in children and adolescents, the cause in the majority of cases is unknown. It affects about 6–7% of children when diagnosed via the DSM-IV criteria and 1–2% when diagnosed via the ICD-10 criteria. Rates are similar between countries and depend mostly on how it is diagnosed. ADHD is diagnosed approximately three times more in boys than in girls. About 30–50% of people diagnosed in childhood continue to have symptoms into adulthood and between 2–5% of adults have the condition. The condition can be difficult to tell apart from other disorders as well as that of high normal activity.

ADHD management usually involves some combination of counseling, lifestyle changes, and medications. Medications are only recommended as a first-line treatment in children who have severe symptoms and may be considered for those with moderate symptoms who either refuse or fail to improve with counseling. Long term effects of medications are not clear and they are not recommended in preschool-aged children. Adolescents and adults tend to develop coping skills which make up for some or all of their impairments.

ADHD and its diagnosis and treatment have been considered controversial since the 1970s. The controversies have involved clinicians, teachers, policymakers, parents and the media. Topics include ADHD‘s causes, and the use of stimulant medications in its treatment. Most healthcare providers accept ADHD as a genuine disorder with debate in the scientific community mainly around how it is diagnosed and treated.’
Source: Wikipedia

Blogs by those with:

  • ADHD John – http://www.adhdjohn.com
    ‘I am just an awesome guy with ADHD trying to show the world how I view it while growing the ADHD Nation. It is time for awareness and acceptance!’
  • Alternative Wiring – http://alternativewiring.blogspot.com
    ‘As a dyslexic writer with connections to others in the neurodiverse world, I wanted to spread positivity and good info about various learning differences. That’s what this blog is for.’
  • Diary Of An Alien – http://diaryofanalien1.blogspot.com
    ‘I’ve been diagnosed with a plethora of disorders, including Asperger’s and ADHD, each of which explain some but not all aspects of my difficulties in life. Maybe I really am from a different planet, where all of the inhabitants are like me. But until that planet is discovered, I have to learn to survive here on Earth.’
  • Diverse Learners – http://Diverse-learners.co.uk/blog
    ‘The whole team at Diverse-Learners have experienced: Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADD, ASD and/or mental health issues personally and within their family. This is a collection of thoughts and experiences from the team and students at Diverse-Learners.’
  • Dyslexic Anon Blog – https://twitter.com/anon_dyslexic
    ‘Well I guess my blog is more a p-log – I add simple/quick pattern designs all though I like to promote Dyslexia and other volunteer causes sites out there. I also touch on hobbies too, writing, making things and design. Share and share alike.’
  • Inked Pixie – http://inkedpixie.com
    ‘Lifestyle blog about my life in general, living with (my) ADHD and an autistic son. Everything from tattoos to parenting, my tips and tricks I’ve learned along our autism/ADHD journey!!’
  • Me, Myself & PDA – http://memyselfandpda.com
    ‘I’m an adult with a diagnosis of ADHD and also Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) and psychotic episodes. Follow my random ramblings and help raise awareness. :)’
  • My tips and techniques blog – http://needtosay.weebly.com
    ‘Monique writes top tips blogs in order to help people like her achieve their full potential in life.’
  • Sonnolenta – http://sonnolenta.wordpress.com
    ‘I was diagnosed late on the autism spectrum, in 2011. I write about my experiences with autism, SPD, ADHD, insomnia. Advocate/activist for female autistics. Also a single parent, homeschooler, self employed individual.’

Blogs by parents of:

Support blogs for:

  • DrMichaelHart.com – http://doctormichaelhart.com
    ‘My name is Dr. Michael Hart. I’m all about protecting and empowering children and adults who have led lives of confusion and sometimes even desperation due to learning issues. I have spent over 25 years teaching people how to explain how their brains are wired in a way that is humanizing and not pathological.’
  • Geniuswithin blog – http://www.geniuswithin.co.uk/blog
    ‘Strategies to support neuro diversity in a wide range of topics, written by an experienced strategy coach.’

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