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A few common characteristics of ADHD are: outspoken, high energy level, and hyperactive behavior. However, many people with ADHD have a shy and quiet personality.

WHAT IS ADHD

ADHD is not a simple behavior issue that could be improved by "finding a way to focus." In fact, ADHD is caused by the chemical imbalance and trouble synchronization within the brain parts. In addition, study has found that people with ADHD have a slight different brain structure compared to those without ADHD; the frontal lobe was found to be smaller in size.  According to National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), three major symptoms can be found in children who have been diagnosed with ADHD:

  1. Inattention: Having hard time to sustain focus, can easily wonder off task.
  2. Hyperactivity: Moving constantly; including fidgeting and tapping. In adults, it could display as extreme restlessness, or often wearing others out with constant activity.
  3. Impulsivity: Making hasty actions without thinking through consequences. The actions sometimes have high potential for harm. An impulsive person may give the impression of intrusive and rude.  

It is important to understand the symptoms that may be displayed by people with ADHD. Do not do diagnostic without mental health professionals.

HOW TO IMPROVE OR HELP

Aside from the treatment given by the mental health specialist, people in the life of those with ADHD can be an important role in environmental support. For adults, it's important to maintain a well-balanced life style by getting plenty of sleep, eating right, and spending time outdoors doing exercise. To increase productivity, create and adapt to an organized routine and environment.

For children, we found 8 discipline strategies that can help you better communicate with them.

  1. Provide Positive Attention
  2. Give Effective and Precise Instructions
  3. Praise Child's Effort
  4. Use Time-Out When Necessary
  5. Ignore Mild Mis-behaviors
  6. Establish a Reward System
  7. Allow for Natural Consequences
  8. Communicate With People In the Child's Life

Most importantly BE PATIENT! Although diagnosed with ADHD, there is still great potential awaiting development.

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