Understanding ADHD in Adults.

ADHD or ADD. I like to get too hung up on what it is called, but I want to share my understanding of the "H" for hyperactivity. Hyperactivity refers to the busy, busy, busy brain thinking, thinking, thinking of so many things. All this thinking goes on in the mid brain and it is managed and organized by the frontal lobe. Sometimes, the frontal lobe just can't handle the traffic.

Think of the unruly behavior of an ADHD child, can stem from something that feels like road rage being stuck a traffic jam. The external movement helps manage what's going on in the brain because movement produces adrenaline, adrenaline fuels the frontal lobe, and the frontal lobe can manage the mid brain, and manage some of the traffic, but just not for long. Not for long because the attention deficit "D" is an inability to focus one one thing someone else thinks you should be focusing on, is oddly the result of an ability to be aware of so many things at once. It can be a very exciting but eventually frustrating for a curious ADHD kid.

ADHD presents differently in adults than it does in kids. The adult brain is different. That busy, busy brain and thinking about so many things is probably why you can not remember where you put something. Instead of realizing you are smart, you feel dumb. Depression and anxiety are not uncommon, but it is important to distinguish the difference between a depressed mood of ADHD vs clinical depression. I will talk more about this in a later post.

Tip of this minute Establishing routine and structure is a non pharmaceutical intervention that really works



4 thoughts on “Understanding ADHD in Adults.

    Arlene Reese said:
    November 10, 2012 at 2:45 am

    Great piece! For your next piece, I’d like to read your take on adult OCD. Particularly, OCD in the work place and it’s affect on productivity.

      bethwords responded:
      November 10, 2012 at 11:19 am

      Thank you, for your remarks, Arlene.
      Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder. Recurrent obsessions or compulsions are severe enough to be so time consuming that they interfere with an individual’s function; or cause marked distress or impairment. The content of the obsessions and compulsions may be indicative of another disturbance, in other words, the OCD type behavior could be a symptom of another psychological disorder. The same symptoms may also be caused by a medical condition, or a direct physiological effect of a medication or a drug of abuse.

      Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD) is a pervasive pattern of preoccupation with orderliness, perfectionism, mental and interpersonal control to the point that it interferes with flexibility, openness, and efficiency.

      Either disorder can be disruptive in the work place. In general, people with OCD experience distress, people with OCPD are a source of distress.

      Hope this helped.

    KC said:
    November 10, 2012 at 9:36 am

    The “Tip of the minute” is perhaps the most significant part of this piece. Understanding the “why” and “how” of ADHD is important but with the cost (and side effects) of medications being potentially high, it is essential that there is an non pharmaceutical solution.

    bethwords responded:
    November 10, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Thanks, KC. The tip of the minute is only a tip of an ice berg. The big part of that ice berg, what you don’t see under the water, is melting from poor nutrition and lack of routine.

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