ADHD | Episode 101


Episode title: ADHD/ Episode 0102

Episode summary introduction:

We all probably know someone who is diagnosed with ADHD. If not, the term is so familiar that we know a little bit about ADHD. Today we’ll discuss what it actually is, the s/s and tx options for ADHD.

Topic 1:

It is known to be one of the most common mental disorders among children. ADHD also affects adults as well. It’s the inability to keep or maintain focus with excess movements that are not fitting to a setting and making quick decisions in the moment without thinking of the consequences.

Topic 2:

Signs and Symptoms

Per the CDC, DSM-5 has Criteria for ADHD 6 symptoms from a list of inattention and hyperactivity must be before the age of 12 years old.

Several symptoms are present in two or more settings, (such as at home, school or work; with friends or relatives; in other activities).

There is clear evidence that the symptoms interfere with, or reduce the quality of, social, school, or work functioning.

The symptoms are not better explained by another mental disorder.

Topic 3:

Treatment

  • Medications

  • Behavioral therapy

  • Education programs and assistance through schools

  • Work alternative treatment approaches

Outro:

People with ADHD can live productive and successful lives. It’s extremely important to address any concerns or questions that you have regarding milestones and development with your child’s pediatrician. Those wellness appointments are so very important. Along with everything medically related, the sooner the diagnosis the better. The CDC recently updated and revised the developmental milestones for children for the first time in nearly 20 years. According to the CDC, The revised checklists will now inquire about milestones 75% or more of children can be expected to achieve at a given age, eliminating unnecessary confusion and alarm while ensuring children who need additional evaluation and resources are properly identified.

References:

https://chadd.org/about-adhd/general-prevalence/#:~:text=5.4%20million%20children%20(8.4%20percent,percent%20in%20this%20age%20group)

https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/adhd/what-is-adhd

https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/facts.html

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd.

https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Mental-Health-Conditions/ADHD

Article link:

https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2022-01-25/pandemic-especially-tough-on-kids-with-adhd



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