Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). On this part of the site, you will find comprehensive information on Attention Deficit Disorder, with or without Hyperactivity (ADHD). You will also see sections on Computer Software for people with ADHD as well as people that can assess for ADHD and how to find help in your area.
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Rory Bremner – ADHD and me
Comedian Rory Bremner has found success in his ability to switch between impersonating many different people. But behind this comic persona is a man who struggles to focus, loses the thread and takes on too many tasks that can leave his personal and professional life in disarray. Rory had always put his chaotic lifestyle down to his personality.
However, after a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, within his family, Rory has realised he too may have the condition. For this documentary, Rory goes on a personal journey to find out how this situation affects adults, how attitudes have changed in the two decades since the ADHD was first recognised, and how we can support the next generation of sufferers to cope with this potentially devastating condition.
Producer: Lisa Needham
A Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 4.
Listen here BBC Radio 4
What is ADHD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has been known about for a long time. It has undergone several name changes, one time being known as; ‘hyperkinesias’ (Latin derivative for ‘super active’), hyperactivity, and latterly, ADHD.
As with other problems, mentioned on this site, there are different degrees of severity. A large proportion of children with ADHD display features of dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia.
A child who can’t concentrate; moves around frequently; has poor school performance (in contrast with his intelligence) and has disruptive behaviour may be suffering from ADHD. There is evidence to suggest that children with this problem could eventually be expelled from school.
At times all children may be overactive and inattentive, but hyperactive children are disruptive nearly all the time. ADHD is thought to affect between 3% and 5% of the school-age population. Some evidence exists to show that like, dyslexia and dyspraxia, some 90% of suffers are boys.
People with ADHD appear to be intensely restless and impulsive – if they think about it – they do it, sometimes with disastrous results! They have a hard time focusing on things and get bored after just a few minutes. They often find it difficult paying attention for the shortest possible time, thereby causing problems with organisation and completing routine tasks.
You do not grow out of ADHD, but you do learn to modify your behaviour.
ADHD & Medication (Ritalin)
Millions of children each year are diagnosed with ADD / ADHD, and often, as a last resort, these children are put on Ritalin.
A new study reveals that Pycnogenol, (pic-noj-en-all), an antioxidant plant extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, reduces ADHD in children. This research shows Pycnogenol balances stress hormones, which lowers adrenaline and dopamine, resulting in a decrease of ADHD.
Adults & ADHD
* Most of the features of ADHD in childhood remain.
* Employment may be difficult because of relationship problems and poor memory.
* Antisocial behaviour may become so extreme it may lead to trouble with the law and to excess alcohol consumption.
* Poor self-esteem may be distressing.
Although you do not grow out of ADHD, you can learn to modify behaviour.
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