Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

By: Pansy Yu

The common and scientific name of the disease

The common and scientific name of the disease is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD).

What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD) is a common disease that can affect the behaviour of a child. Children with ADD are overly impulsive and inattentive, they can't focus on one thing too long, sit still or unable to control theirselves sometimes. It is common around the world, now not only children can get this disease, adults can too.

What causes it?

The exact cause of ADHD is still unknown, but some factors can be part of the cause. Genetics can be part of the cause in ADHD because it is known that disease can be spread from generation to the next generation.Brain damage caused by injuries, taking too much sugar (in fizzy drinks or other ood) can also increase the hyperactive behaviour of a person.

What are the symptoms?

Having difficulty on following instructions, sitting still, focusing on something, easily distracted are some of the symptoms of having ADHD. People who have ADHD can't stay on task, which affects their grade at school. problem starts to occur as they grow older, both social and emotional are affected. They will feel depressed and not willing to involve in any activities because they are scared of being embarrased by others.
It might cause death because they might think that they are very different to other people, being left out, depressed, thinking negatively and it might lead to suicide.
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Can it be cured? If so, how? If not, is there any way that we can at least treat it?

ADHD can't really be cured, although some people can outgrown of it, but not much. Instead of finding a way to cure it, they learn to adapt it and live with it. They also take medicine, additional support from their friends, family to minimize their behaviours. Also, they might be able to get a better life, since people who have ADHD tend to be more outgoing and can be successful in business. The way how they think can also give them a good career, since they think many things at once, they can become artists and inventors.

Although this disease can make people feel depressed, are different from others, but also it could be adapted, treated well and make the people who have ADHD happy.

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