Nobody gives 100% attention to everything they do. Inevitably we are distracted, even if only for only one or two short seconds. Although your attention may begin to wander, it is unlikely that your life will be affected. You will probably, without too much trouble, pick up where you left off. For all of us the ability to concentrate and focus on what we are doing is sometimes a struggle. Someone with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD lives a constant battle, unable to settle to concentrate on any one thing.
ADHD is a neurobiological condition. Its causes are not fully understood.
Recent research indicates that it may well be inherited. It is thought to be due to an imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain. These are chemicals that are used by the brain to channel and control behaviour. That behaviour can be hyperactive and unstable emotionally. It is characterised by a short attention span and an inability to concentrate.
Imagine if every waking moment of your life was like that. Imagine if you were unable to sit still or unable to concentrate on anything at all. Imagine if you were constantly moving and re focusing to the point where you were hyperactive, impulsive and unable to sustain attention. How could you learn anything? While we can all relate to some degree of being unable to focus and concentrate, those who suffer from ADHD, suffer from a condition that dominates their lives. It makes normal socialising and learning impossibility. ADHD can ruin your life.
It is only in the last few decades that ADHD has become understood as a condition that affects many children and adults. Estimates vary but it is thought that at least two million school children may be affected by this dehabilitating illness. The National Institute of Mental Health places estimates that 5% of children may have ADHD. In addition there may be between 2 and 5 million adults affected. Incredibly boys are ten times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with...