October 27 is ADHD Awareness Day. Attention Deficit hyperactivity disorder also referred to as ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impulsivity, hyperactivity and inattention. Some people with ADHD may also have difficulty regulating their emotions. Symptoms of ADHD tend to be noticed at a very young age. It starts to be noticed when children start school. Children with ADHD display symptoms of inability to work on a specific task, difficulty concentrating, difficulty remaining still. These symptoms are so often that they interfere with the child’s ability to focus and thus learn. ADHD can be very disruptive. Boys are about 10 times more likely to receive a diagnosis of ADHD than girls BUT in adulthood the ratio is 2 to 1 which suggests that many girls with ADHD fail to be diagnosed.

What are some the symptoms of ADHD in children

Unable to keep still for a long period of time and Unable to finish tasks at a specific time

Runs instead of walking

Talks excessively


Easily frustrated

Cries easily


Whiney and clingy behavior

What are some symptoms of ADHD in Adults

Difficulty concentrating

Difficulty in organization

Marital and relationship conflicts

Substance abuse

Low self esteem

Difficulty in following directions

Difficulty in remembering information




There are many treatments that can help with ADHD. Medication is often required. However, it is most of the times difficult for parents to handle this situation because they believe that there might be side effects of the medication. Therefore, parents should work with their doctor in order to give their child the best possible option that they could give. Not all children need medication. The doctor is the one who decides the best treatment.




Psychotherapy is useful for someone who suffers from attention deficit disorder  in order to open up and express their feelings. ADHD can cause relationship problems and friendship problems as well so this kind of treatment can help people handle their emotions.  This type of therapy can also help people explore behavior patterns and learn how to make good choices.


Behavior therapy

This type of therapy helps people with ADHD in order to monitor their behavior and improve it.


CBT Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CBT is a short-term focused goal therapy that aims in order to change negative behaviors and negative thinking and actually replace them with more positive ways of thinking and acting. This is learned by using different techniques and worksheets that are available by professionals.