Hello, My Name is ADHD
ADHD or Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder affects 3-5% of children globally. Hear what ADHD has to say about his influence on our children.
Who is ADHD?
Hi, my name is Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder. Most people just call me ADHD. I have been around for quite some time but have not always been recognized as being anyone important. I used to get overlooked a lot and many times told that it wasn't me. It was some other dude named Mental Disorder or to make matters worse I would be called Crazy. I got tired of being ignored. I finally started to get the recognition I deserved in the 1970's. I was a controversial topic but at least I was known. It wasn't until the late 1980's or early 90's that I was finally taken seriously. It was about time! I affect up to 6% of school aged children and like to associate myself with boys a lot more than girls. Do you know that I have to be around for 6 months or more before anyone will accept the fact that I am there? No one can explain why I come around. I heard through the grapevine that people think I make my presence because of genetics, diet, physical environments, and social environments. I can't say that I disagree with them since I can't really explain why I come out to play either.
What Does ADHD Do to Children?
I earned my claim to fame by being known as a developmental disorder mainly in children. I affect some adults but I would rather discuss my involvement with children right now since they are who I prefer to associate myself with. I cause children to be inattentive, hyperactive, impulsive, forgetful, and disorganized. These are the most common things I do to children. Most of the children I play with don't have any other friends. They have a hard time getting along with other children after meeting me. I have a few other friends. When I feel like having company I will invite my friends over. They are Depression, Bipolar, Anxiety, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). We all get along but usually only three or four of us play together at the same time. Makes for a very exciting time when we are together. It does for me anyway. I can't speak for the child or even the parent since I usually don't pay attention to either. I can't pay attention, I am ADHD.
Three Types of ADHD
As much as I don't like being labeled it has happened. There are three categories that I get stuck in all the time.
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1. Inattentive Type
They tell me that this is where I am affecting a child's ability to pay attention. I sometimes get called ADD or Attention Deficit Disorder when I am playing this game. I tend to make them forgetful and they jump from one thing to another because they can't pay attention. They never listen to their parents when spoken to and have a really hard time following directions.
2. Hyperactive Impulsive Type
I really have a good time with this particular game. I love to make the children jump around like they have ants in their pants and they stay in motion most of the time. They blurt out things at the worst times and most of the time what they say is inappropriate. They are always talking so people are definitely paying attention to them when we are playing this game.
3. Combined Type
I have to say that this is where I feel the most comfortable. I get to make the children inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive. People call me by my full name, ADHD, when we are playing this game.
ADHD Must Go!
I am glad I got to meet you today. I have been around a long time and I hope to be around a long time to come. In some ways it was nice to not be known so well. Now that everyone knows who I am they are all about figuring me out. They fight me with medication and behavioral therapy all the time. It is hard to be me when that happens. It makes it harder for me to get the children to listen to me when they are taking their medication or listening to parents and therapist who are teaching them how to ignore me. I will keep trying as hard as I can to get your children to listen to me instead. I am loud and obnoxious. I am ADHD and I won't go away quietly!