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ADHD

23 Feb 2012
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OVERVIEW

ADHD is a group of related disorders that interfere with someone’s ability to regulate their activity level, control their behaviour, and attend to tasks in developmentally appropriate ways.

Causes

Although the cause of ADHD is unknown, the following are thought to contribute:

  • Genetic factors
  • Environmental factors such as exposure to toxins in the womb and environment
  • Refined sugar
  • Food additives
  • Brain injuries

 

Symptoms

The following symptoms of ADHD generally occur before the age of seven and can continue into adulthood.

  • Not being able to maintain attention and concentration
  • Inappropriate levels of activity
  • Impulsive behaviour
  • Distractibility

 

Treatment

Some of the following treatments may be prescribed by your healthcare professional:

  • Behaviour strategies
  • Medication
  • Parent training
  • Developing a routine
  • Education on ADHD in the classroom

 

If your child is showing symptoms of ADHD, consult your general practitioner for further guidance consult your general practitioner.

 

VIDEOS

 

Video: ADD/ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Steven Pavlakis of Brown University Medical School

 

 


Video: What is ADHD?

 

 


Video: What is ADHD?

 

RESOURCES & SUPPORT

Local

ADHD Association
Ministry of Health – ADHD
Mental Health Commission
Learning & Behaviour Charitable Trust NZ

 

International

NHS – ADHD
Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service

 

RESEARCH

British Medical Journal
Journal of the American Medical Association
The Lancet

 

FORUMS

Psych Forums – ADHD
Topix Forum – ADHD

 

 

DISCLAIMER
The information above is of a general nature and is designed to provide you with an overview of the topic, with links to local and international resources that may be of interest. We do our best to ensure that this information is accurate and up to date.

You should always, however, seek specific professional medical advice, treatment and care appropriate to you, and as such we strongly recommend you consult with your general practitioner first.

 

 

Updated April 2012
Image credit: David Castillo