ADHD – Transform A Curse Into A Blessing
Little Dheeraj is playing a game on his phone… he steps out into the balcony… he tries to do his maths homework… he fidgets with his clothes… he talks a lot… he interrupts other people’s conversations… he just can’t sit still.
Dheeraj could be exhibiting some symptoms of ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, one of the most common mental disorders among children. Children suffering from ADHD have difficulty paying attention for an extended period of time. They are very restless and anxious most of the time. They can become overly hyperactive and are unable to control their impulses. This behaviour often gets carried into adulthood and affects their personal and professional lives.
Some of the most common symptoms of ADHD include –
- Unable to focus on one thing
- Easily distracted
- Difficulty in listening to others
- Can’t finish tasks
- Forgetting responsibilities
- Can’t sit still for long
- Fidgeting, bouncing and constantly moving
- Excessive talking
- Interrupting others
These symptoms, when carried onto adulthood, transform into anxiety, poor self-esteem, relationship problems, impulsiveness, chronic boredom, depression, etc. The symptoms can vary from person to person. People with ADHD may not have all of these symptoms.
ADHD can’t be cured but an early diagnosis along with therapy and treatment can help. The severity levels often vary and, based on that, the medication and treatment also varies. There is no one singular factor that causes this condition.
Some of the common reasons and risk factors have been identified as –
- Heredity – ADHD can often be inherited through a family member.
- Brain changes – The part of the brain that is responsible for the attention span could become less active in the case of ADHD patients.
- Chemical imbalance – Most ADHD sufferers have an imbalance of chemicals in their brain.
- Poor nutrition – An improper diet and insufficient nutrition can also lead to ADHD.
- Bad experiences – Abuse or childhood trauma can affect a child’s brain development.
- Toxins – Exposure to harmful substances like lead can lead to an imbalance in the brain.
Diagnosing ADHD needs the involvement of medical experts, mainly a psychiatrist, to determine and understand the child’s behaviour along with neurological testing. Most treatments include medication, counselling and psychotherapy.
Unlike what most people think, ADHD is not a 21st century disease. There have been references to ADHD behaviour in many historical texts since the 14th century, but it was never identified medically. In fact, famous scientists and artists including Mozart, Beethoven, Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dali, Edgar Allan Poe, Leo Tolstoy, Sir Isaac Newton, Nikola Tesla, Galileo and Thomas Edison have been believed to have ADHD.
While ADHD can be a hindrance to many and needs treatment in the advanced stages, a little amount of hyperactivity can actually be channelized into something positive. This condition, which most people relate to as a curse, can actually be a boon in disguise. Here’s how –
- The same symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsivity, emotional sensitivity and daydreaming, when tapped into the form of creativity, can lead to beautiful art and science.
- Since ADHD sufferers are hyperactive, this hyperactivity, when channelized properly, can lead to a positive energy, resulting in energetic, active and enthusiastic people.
- The constant restlessness could be lead to flexibility. People who are restless can transform themselves mentally and emotionally to accept change easily. In cases of crisis, they can find solutions quickly and adapt to new situations.
- People with ADHD can also grow up to be risk takers. They need not sit patiently and calculate the pros and cons of everything. Their impulsive nature can make them adventurous and proactive when it comes to dealing with risks.
- Children with ADHD are usually not aware of what they speak and mostly end up in embarrassing situations. But this can be turned into an advantage by developing a sense of humour as an adult.
In fact, if medical researchers are to be believed, many scientific and technological innovations along with creative masterpieces of art wouldn’t have been possible if not for the 11% of the population, which suffers from ADHD.
Hence, our little Dheeraj, who can’t sit still, if given the right therapy and treatment, could actually grow up to be a profound artist, scientist or simply an enthusiastic travel explorer with a quirky sense of humour.