Young people can often be very impulsive with their decisions and actions. While adults tend to “multitask” so much to the point of falling behind in other responsibilities. Most of us say, “It comes with age.”
Partly, it does. External factors do come into play. However, whether you are at work, in school or at home, persistent impulsivity and inattention can be very disruptive. If such traits do consistently cause interruptions in your daily life, chances are you or someone you know may have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), formerly known as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).
ADHD/ADD is a neurobehavioral disorder that is expressed in inattention, hyperactivity/impulsivity or even a combination of both. This condition can mostly be seen among children of about 30% but even adults can be vulnerable to running from 25% to 40% around the world. To be diagnosed with ADHD, you could be exhibiting more than 5 symptoms of this condition since before 12 years old that interrupt with the different aspects of your daily life.
Gender-wise, girls with ADHD are typically seen as inattentive and depressed while boys are “understandably” impulsive and aggressive. However, the degree of ADHD traits can vary from one person to another as it also depends on the structure, chemical composition, and functioning of each brain.
ADHD does not worsen over time even if it is a life-long condition. However, you do need to get a lot of support to control some issues along the way like when you or your child, for instance, dives into hyperfocus. As ironic it may sound, for someone with attention deficiency, you can also hyperfocus, that is, being in a really, really focused state (i.e. playing legos and video games). This is a good trait when you are working on a task; but, the problem comes up when you are forced to withdraw from such focus because you tend to get irrationally angry.
In addition, patience is not your cup of tea. It can be very difficult to control flashes of rage falling in line. Schedules can also become frustrating as it is often difficult to be in a place at the right time. Also, every now and then you might have offended a few friends or co-workers for wandering inside your head while they are talking to you.
Nevertheless, ADHD can be used as a great advantage too. People with ADHD are known to be creative as they constantly search for new things to create; they can also be funny, smart and empathic. Continue reading below on the causes and impacts of ADHD and how the Tomatis® Method can help!