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How ADHD affects SHS students

October was ADHD awareness month
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Fayth Winkelman
SHS student looks out the window and plays with something in her hand.

October was ADHD awareness month. 

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), is a neurodevelopmental disorder that typically starts to show signs in the “childhood” phase of life. This disorder can often last through adulthood. ADHD is caused by low levels of a neurotransmitter called norepinephrine. Norepinephrine is linked with dopamine which controls the reward center of the brain. ADHD damages the center of the brain. 

According to cdc.gov, “Over 6,000,000 kids in America ages three to seventeen have been diagnosed with ADHD. Many adults have this disorder but it is much more common in younger ages.” 

ADHD, like any mental impairment, can be exhausting. Some methods for coping are breathing exercises, drawing, walking, or reserving some quiet time for yourself. 

Some symptoms of this disorder according to CDC.gov include squirming, fidgeting, talking too much, making careless decisions, daydreaming, and impulsive decision making. According to PhychCentral.com, “12.9% of men and boys live with ADHD compared to 5.6% of women and girls.”

There are also key differences in symptoms between men and women. Men tend to be more rowdy, hyperactive, aggressive, and forgetful; meanwhile, women can experience depression, insomnia, spacing out, and physical ticks like bouncing their legs or picking at their skin. 

Most people experience some of these symptoms, but that does not mean that you have ADHD. Talking to your doctor or a therapist will help you understand more about what you are experiencing. Some kids hesitate to talk about personal issues or mental health issues, especially with adults or their peers.  People with ADHD can often feel overwhelmed with everyday organizational tasks. Feeling inadequate can lead to isolation or negative feelings. 

Different kinds of therapy and medication can be used to treat this disorder which can make it easier to deal with day-to-day activities like school, work,  or even just being more social.

Stroudsburg High School has a friendly team of professionals like guidance counselors, nurses, and psychologists, who are trained to listen and help.

Curious about learning more? Conner DeWolfe, a YouTube/TikTok content creator, creates fun, easy-to-watch, and relatable videos about ADHD and some of the day-to-day struggles that they may go through.

Click on the link to watch some of DeWolfe’s videos for ADHD tips!

 

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