ADHD: An In-Depth Look


Years ago, ADHD was relatively an unheard acronym, one that appeared quite rarely in medical journals. However, the situation is vastly different today, than it was then. ADHD has now become a disorder that has more troublesome connotations, for both the parent and the child. Sites like have been set up with the sole purpose of providing succour to those who have been diagnosed with ADHD, as well as other behavioural disorders.

According to, many children are now coming under the label of either ADHD or ADD, and both of these disorders definitely send parents into a tizzy! Imagine being told that your so-called precocious child, that bundle of limitless energy, has ADHD, which is often characterized by bouts of hyperactivity! It is enough to make any parent morose, with the feeling of doom and gloom hanging over them, like their own personal heavy, dark cloud!

What Is ADHD?
ADHD is the acronym for Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is a sort of disorder that afflicts the brain, and interferes in its ability to correctly process information and ideas. The usual symptom of ADHD, is characterized in the child’s inability to sit still and focus on the task at hand. It also affects their peer interaction abilities, with the kid having to face more trouble with trying to fit in. This disorder can affect kids of any race or gender. However, boys have been found to be more prone to developing ADHD than girls.

Research is still ongoing to find the reasons behind developing such disorders. However, some of the probable culprits are:
1: Genetic Problems, like hereditary passing on of genes that carry ADHD
2: Environmental Factors like pollution, etc.
3: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) resulting from childhood accidents, birth injuries, etc.

Different Types Of ADHD
Impulsive behaviour and hyperactivity are the common symptoms of ADHD. No matter the type of ADHD your child may have, these two traits will be present, in varying degrees, in all three of the of the types of ADHD.
The three types are:
Mostly Hyperactive, with a strong streak to act impulsively. These kids are highly fidgety and constantly feel the urge to move around.
Mostly Inattentive, with a reduced level of hyperactivity. These kids are unable to concentrate on a specified task for too long. And find themselves easily distracted. This form of ADHD is also called ADD, which stands for attention-deficit disorder.
A mixture of all the above. This form is the most prevalent form of ADHD, and it shows a mix of both the above-given types.

ADHD Is Not The End Of The World!
Far from being the end of the world, it is actually an opportunity to try out a different way forward. Think of it as a time to say goodbye to conventional form of parenting, where every path has already been explored. ADHD, or indeed any such disorder, opens up newer paths and brings exciting new ideas into focus. It’s time to move on from being ordinary parents, to being extraordinary!