ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) – Adit Wibowo

ADHD (Attention deficit Hyperactivity disorder) is a brain disorder that shows signs of ongoing patterns of inattentiveness and hyperactivity that interferes with how your body functions and develops.

I picked this issue because it is very relevant today because there’s a lot of children as well as adults that are being affected by the disorder all around the globe. According to ADHD Institute 7.1% of children and 3.4% of adults are diagnosed with ADHD. This shows that this is a massive problem around the world affecting millions. According to HealthLine In the US alone, 6.4 million children ages 4 -17 are diagnosed with this disorder. There is a 42% increase of ADHD diagnosis over the past 8 years.Since we are teenagers we have the responsibility to know and be informed about how other teenagers live around the world. We need to understand how different bodies and brains function and how that can affect the ways we live. It is great to better understand the details of this disorder and how their brains and bodies work differently than ours.

This infographic showing the population of children ages 4-17 in the US diagnosed with ADHD.

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I learnt lots of things about this disorder such as it’s effects and solutions and treatments on how to improve it. The effects are Inattention: being out of focus/unable to concentrate, Hyperactivity: being extremely active with disruptive behaviour.  Impulsivity: Having a tendency to act inappropriately thinking that there are no consequences

As for the solutions, the most common and fastest treatments towards ADHD is medication, taking pills can help make them focus and concentrate but only last for 8-12 hours and can only be taken once a day. Also some pills can have side effects that can be dangerous. But therapy especially behaviour therapy is also recommended because it is a natural treatment that doesn’t involve your body in taking any chemical but a combination of pills and therapy is the best choice.

At first I thought ADHD was just a behaviour problem that only affected young children with tantrums but I realized it was so much more than that, it is a mental disorder that changes the way your brain and body work together. I know understand the importance of this disorder as it is growing at a rapid rate right now and that it is one of the largest disorders in history. I now understand what ADHD means and what it does to people.