ADHD Awareness Month

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by Zowie Kaye

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) which is also referred to as ADD if the individual does not have the hyperactivity; is thought to be a neurological disorder, always present from childhood.  

It manifests itself with symptoms such as hyperactivity, forgetfulness, poor impulse control, excessive activities and distractibility.

Now from the above my son at one stage or another throughout his years thus far has shown EACH of those characterises in one form or another – yet he has an autism diagnosis not ADHD.  I think this is why the health officials take so much time to be able to come to a decision of diagnosis’.

I conducted some research online and I found that people with ADHD feel the following:

  • Easily distracted
  • Forgetful
  • Can't stay on point
  • Hyperactive
  • Impulse
  • Disorganised
  • Stubborn
  • Inconsistent


I think over the last decade the attitude towards all such conditions has become much better, although I do feel there is a way to go. 

There will for many years yet still be that generation of people that makes comments like “it was called naughty in my day” or “there wasn’t any of this when I was young” and sadly it is these people that are unlikely to change their opinions – so let’s focus on the people we can educate.

I’m a strong advocate of awareness events as it raises the profile of said subject and the more awareness then the more acceptance.

As I previously stated although the symptoms are always present from childhood, people have largely gone undiagnosed.  Undiagnosed teenagers may seem restless and may try to do several things at once but be unsuccessful and feel like they are getting nowhere, they will prefer a “quick fix” rather than taking the steps needed to achieve greater rewards. 

There will be adults out there now that have ADHD and don’t know it. 

These adults may feel that it is impossible to get themselves organised no matter how they try, to stick to a job or remember appointments.  Their daily tasks such as getting up in the morning, preparing to leave the house, arriving at work on time and being productive whilst there can be especially challenging for undiagnosed adults.

There are more adults now seeking advice and assistance because their condition was not diagnosed at a younger age with possibly having a milder form of ADHD, or that they had coped extremely well without the demands of adulthood.

Knowledge is power and the more that society embraces and becomes accepting then the people with the condition can feel more comfortable in their own skins.

It is key to initiate support in childhood, In order that appropriate accommodations can then be implemented in school or future workplaces to integrate individuals.

Now if we take the above list; in the same order and look at a positive mirror trait for each, the list looks so much more encouraging and shows characteristics we would all love to have in a friend/colleague:

  • Curious
  • Engaged in the moment
  • Sees things others miss
  • Energetic
  • Creative
  • Spontaneous
  • Persistent
  • Shows flashes of brilliance


Undiagnosed ADHD in a young person or adult can lead to significant problems with education, social situations and relationships, employment and self-esteem to name just a few. 

Effective treatment and support can improve the lives of those affected but this all starts with awareness.

So please take a moment this month – ask the questions, especially with the powers of social media – reach out because I bet you there are people in your friends lists that are living with this and would love to be asked rather than pitied.

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