This month's Stronger Together content is focused on Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Disabilities and Neurodiversity!
Today we're talking about Attention Deficiency Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD!
Definition and Characteristics
ADHD is characterized by difficulty concentrating, hyperactivity, and/or impulsive behaviour. Although not comprehensive, ADHD characteristics include:
Trouble holding attention if not engaged
Rejection sensitivity dysphoria (RSD)
Always need to be on the go
Difficulty completing tasks or projects
Ability to make rapid associations
Stats, Demographics & Disparities
Worldwide prevalence of ADHD is around 7%, and 9% in the US!
64% of individuals report issues with other mental or emotional disorders (anxiety, depression, etc)
ADHD diagnoses and access to treatment differ across both racial and socioeconomic groups.
Culturally sensitive diagnosis for ADHD is needed to account for the influence of sociocultural factors!
Different presentations relative to the male-centric prototype may lead to underdiagnosis in girls/women
ADHD may be more prevalent among transgender and gender-diverse individuals
Care & Support for ADHD
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, including improving strategies for organization, planning, and reducing distractibility
Prescription medication: stimulants and non-stimulants
Social support and support groups
Parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT)
Children and Adults with ADHD
Centre for Awareness Canada
ADHD Foundation the Neurodiversity Charity
Black Girl Lost Keys
Brain focus (time management)
Asana (project management)
Remember the Milk (to-do lists)
Due-reminders & Timers
Distraction podcast by Dr Ned Hallowell