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what is ADHD?

adhd is a neurodevelopmental (brain) disorder, that affect the development of the nervous system, leading to abnormal brain function which may affect emotion, learning ability, self-control and memory.

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It's A Type Of Neurodivergency 

this spectrum also includes:

ADHD is classified under the neurodivergent spectrum; which is a framework that argues there is intrinsic diversity in human brain function and cognition, which should be accepted and supported.

 

It describes the idea that people experience and interact with the world around them in many different ways; there is no one "right" way of thinking, learning and behaving, so our differences should not be viewed as deficits.

 

So since our brains function differently we require different help, motivations and support.

around 15-20% of people worldwide are thought to have a neurodiverse brain

Neurotypes

neurotypical

brains have neurotransmitters that regulate attention, behaviour & emotions, so their executive functioning works smoothly.

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neurodivergent

brains do not have or have fewer neurotransmitters  (depending on the conditions severity), so require external drives to complete tasks.

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What Does ADHD Stand For

ADHD stands for ‘attention deficit hyperactive disorder’, however despite the name it’s not actually a deficit of attention, but inconsistent attention that is only activated under certain circumstances.

Therefore our attention is driven by certain external motivators:

  • interest in a task

  • short term rewards

  • sense of urgency

  • novelty in the new

  • Competition

ADHD Types

hyperactivity

is defined by :

  • fidgeting, tapping, squirming

  • the erge to leave seat

  • runs or climbs about

  • feeling of restlessness

  • unable to play quietly

  • always on the go

  • seems to be driven by a motor

  • excessive talking

  • blurts out answers

  • talks over people

  • difficulty waiting their turn

  • interrupts or intrudes on others

inattentive

is defined by :

  • fails to pay close attention

  • makes careless mistakes

  • difficulty sustaining attention

  • doesn’t seem to listen when spoken to directly

  • struggles to follow through on instructions

  • fails to finish tasks

  • difficulty organising tasks and activities

  • avoids/dislikes tasks that require sustainable mental effort

  • loses necessary things

  • easily distracted

  • often forgetful

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Traits

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Getting An NHS Diagnosis

Be Sure To Ask For

Right To Choose

It seems pathetic, but the NHS can't officially recommend this method of diagnosis.

However, it basically fast tracks the process, by allowing you the right to choose your mental healthcare provider, as long as they supply the service to the NHS somewhere in England.

Getting An Private Diagnosis

If You Can Afford It

Go Private

Not only will it speed up your process, but it'll also make room for those less fortune to get seen through the NHS quicker.

Flipping The Script

"It is estimated that those with ADHD recieve 20,000 more negative messages before the age of 12, than those without the condition."

William Dodson, M.D.

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