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A Day with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Living with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is challenging.  Everyday activities can be overwhelming and difficult. A recent article in Scot Scoop, Living with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, discusses some of the struggles people with ADHD face.Shutterstock 539711749

Writer, Pablo Pinilla, discusses the following tasks:

  • Getting out of bed on time
  • Remembering to do your homework
  • Getting to class on time
  • Staying focused in a class by trying to catch yourself from spacing out the window

These are just some of the things that students with ADHD struggle with daily.  They are in a constant state of struggle trying to stay ahead and yet most of them are falling behind.

According to the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders, ADHD is a neurobiologically-based developmental disability affecting around 11 percent of children. No one knows exactly what causes ADHD.  However, scientific evidence suggests that the disorder is genetically transmitted.

According to the Child Mind Institute, there are three subtypes of ADHD.

  1. Inattentive subtype-commonly associated with spacing out and an inability to focus
  2. Hyperactive-impulsive subtype- causes high levels of energy and an inability to sit still
  3. Combination subtype- includes symptoms of both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive subtype

Individuals with ADHD often have other difficulties including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, and sleep disorders. In addition, they often have difficulty with executive functioning skills.

Pinilla includes quotes of parents with children suffering from ADHD.  Some of these quotes include:

  • “He didn’t always respond to his name. We had to try repeatedly to get his attention if he was engaged in something, he found interesting,” said Terri Spencer*, Walker Spencer’s mother. “When sent to do something simple like getting dressed in the morning, he would get distracted and end up on the floor, still in pajamas, reading a book.” – This often occurs with individuals with ADHD who have difficulty with multi-step processing as well as becoming hyper-focused on things they are very interested in.
  • ” Sometimes when I’m really into something or doing something that I find interesting, I completely lose a sense of time and everything else going on in the world,” Walker Spencer said. “I am able to focus intently on that activity for hours.”- This is another example of hyperfocus. When individuals with ADHD get hyper-focused it makes it very difficult for them to be able to switch between task freely.
  • “When I was in middle and high school, my teachers saw I could work hard on some things but had a hard time completing other assignments or projects,” Frederick Spencer said. “They literally called me lazy because they thought I was [purposefully] not putting in the effort they saw I was capable of into other subjects.”- Many individuals who suffer from ADHD are very bright; however, they struggle with completing a task such as day-to-day activities including homework.

If you can relate to the quotes above, you know how difficult it can be to live with ADHD.  However, no matter what the cause or the severity of the ADHD, people can learn and develop cognitive skills that strengthen executive function.  That is the focus of Play Attention.

Play Attention is a fully customized program designed to improve executive functions and guide you to success. Call now for your free consultation 800-788-6786.  Or attend a live webinar.