ADHD

Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder is characterised by inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness.


What is ADHD?



Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects the nervous system, including the brain, during development from childhood to adulthood.

People with ADHD can experience impulsivity, hyperactivity, distractedness, and difficulty following instructions and completing tasks.

Since 1994, experts have used the term "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder" to refer to neurodivergence that affects attention and concentration. However, some people do not experience hyperactivity and associated traits such as lower risk aversion or impulsivity.

The name "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder" includes the forward-slash (/) between Attention-Deficit and Hyperactivity. This means that people diagnosed with ADHD could have either or both presentations (inattentive or hyperactive-impulsive). The presentations are:

  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity: combined presentation
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity: predominantly inattentive presentation
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity: predominantly hyperactive-impulsive presentation

Those with this neurodivergence can bring energy and new approaches to the work environment. Unlike other neurodivergent conditions, the strengths of people with ADHD are usually a result of their ‘hard wiring’ and not developed through challenges they face.

People with ADHD can have strengths of "hyperfocus" and "hyperactivity."



“If I'm interested in what I'm doing, I can be super focused. If I'm not interested, I'll put it off.”

"I hate seeing the same patterns in games. If a pattern repeats I'll stop playing that game immediately."


Common ADHD challenges:

  • Time management
  • Concentration
  • Staying on topic
  • Rationality
  • Articulation


Common ADHD strengths


Hyperfocus

People with ADHD can be very focused and committed to projects and tasks they are interested in, making them super efficient.

Creativity

The imaginative and busy minds of those with ADHD create original ideas and novel solutions to problems.

Enthusiasm

Despite periods of low energy, people with ADHD can have bursts of speed, enthusiasm and determination.

Innovation

The fearless approach that those with ADHD can often exhibit leads to bold, innovative ideas.

Good Jobs for People with ADHD

  • Graphic Designer
  • Emergency Services
  • Teacher
  • Chef
  • Computer Technician
ADHD – What is ADHD?

The phenomenal gymnast, Simona Biles, has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder!


With a total of 30 Olympic and World Championship medals, Biles is the most decorated American gymnast of all time!


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