Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) covers a wide range of things including, lack of focus and hyperactivity.
Dr Stuart Arbuckle, from St Johns Health, joined Mike to talk about ADHD. He gets asked regularly by patients and parents. “Did ADHD used to exist? So many people are being diagnosed and there’s all these people on medication, is it really a thing?”
“We now have the criteria to diagnose it and are much clearer on terms of what it is, how it impacts people. We are moving downstream from that old notion that it didn’t exist. It did exist, we just didn’t treat it appropriately. So kids were just naughty or they didn’t pay attention. Often they fell by the wayside unfortunately.”
ADHD needs to be diagnosed by a specialist, Paediatrician for children and a Psychiatrist for adults. There are two types of ADHD, for a diagnosis to be made a patient would need to be exhibiting 6 or so of the criteria. There’s two different types of ADHD. There’s the inattentive:
- Don’t pay close attention to detail
- Trouble holding attention and don’t listen when people are speaking to them
- Easily distracted
- Don’t follow instructions and have trouble organising tasks
- Are avoidant of things that require a lot of mental input over a sustained period of time
The Hyperactive side of ADHD
- They’re Restless: fidgeting, tapping their hands or their feet.
- Often jump out of their seat at inappropriate times.
- Act like they’re constantly on the go and driven by a motor
- Talk excessively
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