ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD)

Academia and the professional world are both environments that can be incredibly mentally taxing. Imagine going through the trials of these environments with constant trouble concentrating, remembering details, staying organized, and controlling your emotions.

 

Compound that with the fact that your South Asian heritage often leads to tremendous pressure in such areas as school and work, and you have the recipe for a very difficult lifestyle. Often times, in fact, feelings of worthlessness and inadequacy can take effect after dealing with such circumstances for an extended time.

This condition is known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and more information is provided below. For your benefit, we have provided links that contain more detailed info and/or relevant articles. As we’ve stressed consistently throughout the site, if you think you or someone you know is experiencing from ADHD or any mental illness, seek help immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Causes

  1. Genetics/family history of ADHD

  2. Much more common in males than in females

  3. Lower levels of receptors for the feel-good neurotransmitter, dopamine, which shortens the duration for which an individual will stay stimulated by an activity

  4. Simultaneous activation of two separate networks of the brain, the default mode network, which is supposed to be active during rest, and the task-positive network, which is supposed to activate  when it’s time to put the brain to work

  5. A thinner prefrontal cortex, a region of the brain responsible for attention

 

 

Symptoms

  1. Difficulty remaining focused

  2. Bad memory

  3. Acting on impulse rather than controlling behavior and considering consequences

  4. Negative emotions that result from having the condition

  5. Hyperactivity or hyper-focus

  6. Just like individuals experience lapses in focus and concentration, those with ADHD are also prone to exhibiting great excitement and attentiveness when activities genuinely stimulate them

 

Treatment

  1. Medication

  2. Behavioral therapy

  3. Getting educated on the condition itself

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources/links we utilized

Credit: HealthChannelTV

Credit: ASAP Science

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