Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: What do these letters mean?
ADHD is a broad term that refers to differences in the ways that individual minds work and the ways that people apply focus.
- "A" is for Attention: ADHD is an inability to regulate attention. It is not, as the name suggests, a lack or Deficit of attention. For people with ADHD, the focus shift according to what offers the greatest interest or emotional content in the moment.
- "H" is for Hyperactivity, which means activity levels that are above 'normal'. This may or may not be apparent in an individual. There is also an Inattentive type of ADHD.
- "D" is for Disorder - or is it merely a Difference? Having ADHD can be devastating in some situations, but there are abundant cases of athletes, entrepreneurs, artists, scientists and others who, in spite of having ADHD, have been very successful
The link between Executive Function and ADHD
Executive Function is a function of the brain that makes it possible for a person to start tasks, organize actions and manage other functions of the brain in order to reach his or her goals. At the core of ADHD is a deficit in executive function.
Regardless of what it’s called, the symptoms that fall under the category of ADHD/Executive Function Deficits affect individuals in ways that are unique to each person.
ADHD is often accompanied by other brain-based differences such as dyslexia, sensory processing disorder or autism.
Children and Teens with ADHD
Children with ADHD are often highly intelligent and compassionate but they can be difficult to manage at home. If you are struggling with a child who has ADHD, having the support of someone who understands what you, the parent, are trying to manage can make a big difference. An ADHD Coach knows that the child’s behaviour is not the parent’s fault and can help you find answers to your questions and solutions that will bring harmony into the home.
Adults with ADHD
ADHD affects every aspect of life, eroding self-esteem , motivation and well-being. Untreated, it can undermine the most responsible, talented and creative person until he or she feels overwhelmed with frustration, anxiety and depression. Wonderful relationships can be ruined, opportunities missed and years lost.
An ADHD Coach specializes in working with individuals with ADHD and can help you find the way out of pain and chaos. Your coach can help you to identify your unique issues and usually, can help you see the light at the end of the tunnel within a few sessions.