ADHD – Introduction post

Ok guys, here is the deal..
I’ve had this idea lingering around in my head, but I didn’t quite get the chance to talk about it yet anywhere.
This topic doesn’t really match with the ones that we have been dealing with here on ‘Fastexposure’ and it barely has anything to do with Business & IT either, but still I’m going to give it a shot and take this chance right here to explain my findings to you for next weeks and get you to look at things from different angles/perspectives and maybe broaden your mind a little.

‘Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a developmental disorder.It is characterized primarily by the co-existence of attentional problems and hyperactivity, with each behavior occurring infrequently alone” and symptoms starting before seven years of age.’ (Wikipedia)

Symptoms:

  • Confusion, Daydreaming
  • Easily distracted, missing out on details, forgetting things
  • Difficulties with doing quiet things and focusing
  • Become bored with a task after only a few minutes, unless doing something enjoyable
  • Frequently switching from one activity to another
  • Not seem to listen when spoken to
  • Have difficulty processing information as quickly and accurately as others
  • Struggle to follow instructions.
  • Nonstop talking
  • Constantly moving (agitated)

→ If you are interested in more medical facts about ADHD, check out this awesome video, it explains everything in further details, But be careful, you should already have some knowledge in Biology, or else it might be a little bit confusing… but you guys are smarty pies, right? 😉
Even though ADHD is infamous for beeing common amongst children, about 60% of those children diagnosed with it, continue having their symptoms even in adulthood. Many of those adults remain untreated though. They often have chaotic lifestyles and appear to be unorganized.

“My mind is bouncing around like a ping-pong ball and I can’t focus on one thing for longer than a few minutes.”
(Susan, 33)

Here is a short example of someones behaviour with ADHD (he really has this disorder, so no mean comments please):

Are you now asking yourself how you can tell if you or your child/friend/etc. have ADHD and need help? If you want a diagnosis, go see either a doctor, a psychiatrist, or the school counselor for an evaluation.

Still the specific causes of ADHD are not known yet. However there are a number of factors that may contribute to ADHD. They include genetics, diet and the social and physical environments.

But eventhough we know all this, doctors still havn’t found the optimal medizin for this disease yet.
Currently kids with this disorder just get pumped with pills, so research is really important.
Psychologist David Gilden and his team of researchers are therfor searching for the root cause of ADHD.

“The first thing in any treatment is understanding what it is that’s being treated, at this time, that’s missing. People have been focusing on ADHD as if it’s an attention disorder, but I don’t think that’s what it is.”
(Dr. Gilden)

He thinks that ADHD is not about inattention.
He sees it as a disorder where affected people thread moment-to-moment experiences together at a much faster pace than unaffected ones.
Therfor their world moves faster, which results in a mismatch between their world and ours, which leads to the symptoms.
Thus the treatment for this disorder has to be considered and measured very carefully.
But is this the common procedure at the moment or are the medications just randomly prescribed to get the children to calm down?

Since this is just an introduction post so that you can follow my thoughts the next weeks and don’t get confused, and I don’t want to bore you out on this topic yet so I will end here today and keep all the other even more interesting aspects to myself for now.

More about how people live with ADHD next week.
Look forward to further illuminate this topic with me.

Cheers.

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6 Responses to ADHD – Introduction post

  1. lilmeu says:

    Hey katharinakueppers!
    I really like your idea to write about a non-business or IT topic this week: ADHD.
    Because this disorder can arise in every family and in every country, we have to be informed about it. May your children will suffer from it in a few years?
    Personally, I also know a family with a 5-year-old-ADHD-child; believe me, the parent´s life changed from the day on when the doctor told them that Ben* is “special”.
    They have to spend more time with him, looked for a specialized kindergarten and school and they had to change their own behaviour. “It is senseless if you ease off a problematic situation by satisfying the children´s desires” says the father. However, THE best method how to deal with ADHD children was not discovered yet.
    Therefore, it is very important to continue researching for a solution!
    Here, you could have linked this research problem to an economic or technical point of view:

    Does the government support researching with money?
    Can companies make a contribution to this problem?
    Is it possible to invent new technologies to ease the life of the parents of ADHD children?

    All in all, I really love your choice of the topic and the overall information.

    * fictitious name

  2. Fenja says:

    Kathi, I really like the fact that you decided to write about a topic close to your heart even if on first sight it doesn’t really match the ‘usual’ topics we write about in our posts.
    However, I agree with Lilly that there’s probably quite a few ways how you could combine your topic with business/techonology related issues.
    One idea I had: Later on in life, how do children that suffer from ADHD cope in the corporate environment? What difficulties do they experience when looking for a job/at the workplace? Are there ways how companies could facilitate their daily work life?

    I am sure you also had many interesting thoughts yourself and I am really looking forward to reading your next post!

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