ADHD Awareness Month
October is ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) Awareness Month and the 2017 theme is 'Knowing is Better: ADHD Across the Life Span.'
ADHD and Adults
ADHD is usually diagnosed during childhood and often persists into adulthood. Experts don’t know if ADHD can occur in adults who didn't seem to have the condition as children. One study suggested as many as 3% of over 60's may have ADHD and the ADHD charity ADDISS says many older adults may have undiagnosed ADHD.
Adults with ADHD may have difficulty following directions, remembering information, concentrating, organising tasks or completing work within time limits. If these difficulties are not managed appropriately, they can cause associated behavioural, emotional, social, vocational and academic problems.
The Wider Context
In the wider context it’s better for parents to know that ADHD might be part of the picture so they can seek out the help their children need; it’s better for young adults to know about their ADHD so they might arrange for appropriate accommodations in school or the workplace; and it’s better for adults to recognise their ADHD instead of feeling destined to a life of underachievement and frustration.
Get Involved in ADHD Awareness Month
Returning for 2017 is the ADHD Awareness Month Video Contest. You can help raise awareness of ADHD by creating and submitting a short video to share your experience with ADHD or your best tip for living well with ADHD or supporting someone who has ADHD.
Videos can be submitted in one of four categories: Parent, Child, Adult or Professional. There will be prizes for the top videos submitted by children, parents and adults.
We have a lot we can learn from each other and a lot the world can learn from us.
Produced courtesy of the ADHD Awareness Month website and Web MD Boots website.