September 2, 2009
ADHD in Adults
ADHD or Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder is a disease that affects the brain, nervous system and the physchic-emotional system. Magill’s Medical guide defines ADHD as “a condition characterized by an inability to focus attention or to inhibit impulsive, hyperactive behavior and is associated with poor academic performance and behavioral problems in children with the ability to last over into adulthood”. (Magill's Medical Guide) ADHD is common in school aged children; but I will be researching ADHD in adults and how it affects daily life. As ADHD carries over into the adult life, it is not as easily manageable as in the child. It also affects adults in more devastating ways, as it affects the job, personal life and the adult social circle.
ADHD is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. This topic has over the years become more and more common. It is a very debatable subject, as most say it is all psychological; it is in fact a real disease. I intend the find the truth and to inform others of the real cause and effect of this highly misunderstood disease.
I chose to write on this topic because I do wish for more people to understand the seriousness of this disease and the effects it has on the people who are diagnosed with it and live with it daily. Since, I do have this disease myself along with my two siblings and uncle, I feel that I not only have personal experience, but I also have the ambition to find the real answers. People do not seem to understand how ADHD really affects our lives. It becomes quite a personal battle with yourself and with your mind. I want to write on this topic to inform others of the disease and the effects of it in the adult’s daily life.
Magill's Medical Guide. 3rd Edition. Vol. I. Salem Press Inc., 2005.