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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention deficit disorder is an ongoing disorder that is characterised by the inability to maintain attention. People with this disorder often find themselves struggling with completing, starting and following through on tasks. Frustration is common amongst people with ADD/ADHD. People may often be fully committed to the idea of starting or completing a task yet find it challenging to complete the tasks in a timely fashion. Attention may be broken easily, and all the energy of the person may divert to a completely separate task. People with this disorder, may exhibit hyperactive behaviours.

Early Diagnosis

This disorder is usually recognized earlier on in life. This often leads to challenges academically. If you believe or have been diagnosed previously, you may recall losing focus easily and becoming distracted by people walking by, scenery outside or simply zoning out. Education surrounding ADHD has gained attention in the past 20 years. The medical community is now treating a large number of people for this diagnosis.


Later Diagnosis

Although, it is often discovered in the earlier years, many adults have since been diagnosed. The uncomfortable symptoms of ADHD create challenges for adults. Paying bills, raising children and fulfilling other responsibilities may cause significant hardships. Medical doctors may intervene and suggest particular treatment options to minimize symptoms. Moods may be affected as a result of the disorder.

ADHD/ADD And Relationships

Relationships can be difficult for people with this disorder. People may find themselves having a hard time listening and remaining focused, when a loved one is trying to communicate a serious message. Interjecting or interrupting is also a characteristic of people who have this disorder. It can be quite challenging for loved ones to remain supportive when they feel that they are being dominated. The hyperactive brain prevents the person from engaging fully in the conversation and impulse control (Major characteristic) make it challenging for the conversation to go smoothly.

Inability to remain focused on the task at hand may also cause resentment for the person in the household that may be picking up the slack. At times, tasks are avoided all together which could create a misunderstanding of the affected individual as being careless or inconsiderate. In social situations, associated behaviours may be understood as being rude or inconsiderate. Fidgeting, inability to remain still, being vocal about random things when quiet is expected form others.

Characteristics associated with this disorder can be experienced each and every day by any of us. People with this diagnosis remain in this state consistently. We all may have challenges focusing from time to time, trouble concentrating, being alert, get excited and cut someone off from talking, neglect tasks and start tasks and later abandon them. Many reasons can cause these issues. However, it usually has no real impact on most peoples lives, but when experienced daily and often, the consequences and issues begin to create issues. The following are some symptoms associated with ADD/ADHD:

  • Struggle to focus on a task
  • Become distracted easily
  • Move slowly or fast
  • Lose things often
  • Display impulsive behaviours
  • Difficulties following instructions
  • Not listening to others

Treatment for ADD/ADHD

Many people try to use more organic approaches to treat the symptoms of this disorder. Becoming active and any other activity that increases dopamine in the brain are often a strategy for this population of people. Stimulating the brain is the goal. If the brain is stimulated, then it will be more likely to produce better results. Although, these are excellent ways to cope, for some it may not be enough. Not all people with this disorder are able to achieve a positive outcome.

Some people may change the method of learning to stimulate the brain. A technique that may be used involves the use of electronical devices to gather information, rather then reading books or writing. Voice recorders can be used to help people remember tasks that need to be completed and to capture other information that needs to be remembered.

Pharmaceutical Treatments

If individuals are unable to treat their disorder, amphetamines can be offered by medical professionals to minimize the symptoms. These medications are commonly prescribed for the treatment of ADD/ADHD. Doctors are always cautious and careful with prescribing an individual with this class of medication, due to the high risk of dependency. When closely monitored by the prescribing physician, these medications are highly effective for the treatment of this disorder. People with a history of abusing stimulants may be screened and assessed thoroughly to assess the risk of dependency or the doctor may recommend another option for treatment.

Treatment for ADD/ADHD at Simcoe Addiction and Mental Health

If symptoms are present and if medical professionals believe the use of pharmaceuticals is necessary for treatment, they can provide treatment options. Therapists and counsellors will work with you or your loved one to better understand the disorder. Skills will be introduced to help you cope in a much healthier way. People with ADD/ADHD may often be treating their disorder, unknowingly with other stimulants, such as caffeine and nicotine. At Simcoe addiction and menta health we will help you better understand the underlying factors. 

Frequently Asked Questions: ADHD

OHIP can cover therapy for ADHD, it depends on who you see. If your current family doctor specializes in psychotherapy, the therapy will be covered. Chances are the doctor will probably recommend you to a physiatrist, which is usually covered by public health insurance.  

To get ADHD medication in Ontario, you need to have a diagnosis from a doctor. Once you have that formal diagnosis, the doctor can give you a prescription. 

ADHD is considered a disability in Canada. Individuals with ADHD can qualify for government assistance and tax credits. 

ADHD is considered a mental illness due to effects it can have on focus and behaviour.

Yes, ADHD can be hereditary. In most circumstances, genetics have a substantial role in whether or not you acquire attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Parents and siblings of someone with ADHD are at an increased risk for developing the disorder themselves, according to studies.

ADHD is not considered a learning disability. However, it is the most common disorder that co-exists with learning disabilities.  

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