Un­der­stand­ing ADHD

Gloucestershire Echo - - HEALTH & LIFESTYLE - WITH DR ELLIE MILBY Dr Ellie Milby is a coun­selling psy­chol­o­gist

ge­net­ics and brain struc­ture are thought to play a role. For ex­am­ple, ADHD can run in fam­i­lies and some re­search has shown that cer­tain ar­eas of the brain may be a dif­fer­ent size in peo­ple with ADHD.

Stud­ies have also shown that be­ing born pre­ma­turely, hav­ing epilepsy or sus­tain­ing a brain in­jury can also in­crease the risk of de­vel­op­ing ADHD.

In terms of treat­ment, medication, ther­apy or a com­bi­na­tion of both can help. Med­i­ca­tions aren’t a per­ma­nent cure but for some peo­ple can help re­duce symptoms, mak­ing it eas­ier to con­cen­trate and feel calmer.

Talk­ing ther­a­pies can also help chil­dren with ADHD and their fam­i­lies to un­der­stand the con­di­tion, learn ways of manag­ing chal­leng­ing be­hav­iours and man­age the worry and stress that liv­ing with ADHD can cause.

Un­for­tu­nately, a lack of un­der­stand­ing of the con­di­tion means that chil­dren with ADHD are of­ten la­belled as dis­rup­tive and naughty and pun­ished or os­tracised rather than re­ceiv­ing the ad­di­tional sup­port they need. Liv­ing with ADHD can be hard at times for both chil­dren and their fam­i­lies but en­cour­ag­ing un­der­stand­ing of the con­di­tion, ac­cess­ing local sup­port ser­vices and con­nect­ing with other peo­ple who are hav­ing sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ences can all help.

For more in­for­ma­tion, advice and sup­port you can visit the Na­tional At­ten­tion Deficit Dis­or­der Sup­port Ser­vice web­site at ad­diss.co.uk

Young­sters with ADHD may strug­gle to con­cen­trate

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