ADHD isn’t just being distracted

While many of us find ourselves easily distracted—especially in the modern world of instant information and constant notifications—distraction is only one symptom of ADHD and being distracted doesn’t mean you have ADHD.

What is ADHD?

Typically, symptoms of ADHD include difficulty paying attention, excessive activity, and uncontrollable behaviour. The symptoms present between the ages of 6 and 12, last for over 6 months, and disrupt life in at least two settings (school, home, work, recreation, etc).

Although we might consider ADHD to be a childhood disorder, it’s far from rare for an adult to have it. In fact, WebMD claims that “about 4% to 5% of U.S. adults have it“ and that “while many kids with ADHD outgrow it, about 60% still have it as adults.”

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23 symptoms of ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder affects almost 10% of American children between 13 and 18 years old, as well as 4% of U.S. adults over 18. ADHD has 3 primary characteristics: Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.

Inattention

  1. Effortlessly distracted, fail to catch details, forgetful, and regularly switch activities
  2. Difficulty focusing
  3. Quickly bored with projects, unless it is something they enjoy
  4. Find organizing and completing tasks, or learning something new, to be challenging
  5. Struggle completing or submitting homework or other assignments
  6. Often lose things which are essential in completing tasks
  7. Difficulty listening in conversations
  8. Daydream
  9. Often confused
  10. Sometimes move slowly
  11. Struggle to quickly and accurately process information
  12. Have hard time following instructions

Hyperactivity

  1. Often restless,

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The 3 subtypes of ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects almost 10% of American children between 13 and 18 years old, as well as 4% of U.S. adults over 18. ADHD has 3 primary characteristics: Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.

Although ADHD is a broad term, it does have 3 subtypes:

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1 in 20 adults have ADHD

Although we might consider ADHD to be a childhood disorder, it’s far from rare for an adult to have it. In fact, WebMD claims that “about 4% to 5% of U.S. adults have it“ and that “while many kids with ADHD outgrow it, about 60% still have it as adults.”

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The characteristics of ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects almost 10% of American children between 13 and 18 years old, as well as 4% of U.S. adults over 18. ADHD has 3 primary characteristics: Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.

Inattention

  • Are effortlessly distracted, fail to catch details, are forgetful, and regularly switch activities
  • Find it difficult to focus
  • Are quickly bored with projects, unless it is something they enjoy
  • Find organizing and completing tasks, or learning something new, to be challenging
  • Struggle completing or submitting homework or other assignments
  • Often lose things which are essential in completing tasks
  • Have difficulty listening in conversations
  • Daydream
  • Are often confused
  • Sometimes move slowly
  • Struggle to quickly and accurately process information
  • Have a hard time following instructions

Hyperactivity

  • Are often restless,

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Research shows EMPowerplus reduces ADHD symptoms in children

Last month, researchers in New Zealand and the United States published a study in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology that shows great promise in using nutrition to reduce ADHD symptoms in children.

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EMPowerplus helps attention and behaviour in children

Earlier this year, Canadian and American researchers published a study in Journal of Medical Case Reports showing positive effects of EMPowerplus on children with behavioural problems.

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Kolbe’s success story: anxiety, ADHD, OCD, bipolar & ODD

From a young age, Kolbe had lived with severe mental health challenges, including intense episode of violence. Despite moving from one medication to another through 2 dozen medications, nothing controlled his rage and tantrums significantly. That is until Truehope. EMPowerplus has changed Kolbe’s life and the lives of all those around him.

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Albert’s success story: ADHD

Diagnosed with ADHD when he was in Kindergarten, Albert went on medication to avoid being held back a grade. Before his parents knew it, Albert was feeling sad constantly, and by the time he had reached the third grade, he had been on 6 different medications, none of which worked as his parents hoped. Then they found EMPowerplus, and everything changed.

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New research: Staying with EMPowerplus benefits more than quitting

Earlier this year, researchers in New Zealand published a follow-up to randomized controlled trials they completed in 2009 and 2010 in which they studied the effects of EMPowerplus in 80 adults with ADHD.

Researchers contacted all the original participants and had them complete clinician-rated questionnaires. Of those 80 adults, 72 participated.

In general, participants had experience regression in psychiatric function compared to the measures taken at the end of the trials, but they were still doing better than they had been at the start of the trials.

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