ADD / ADHD
ADD stands for Attention-Deficit Disorder, while ADHD is Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
What is ADD / ADHD?
ADD stands for Attention-Deficit Disorder, while ADHD is Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. ADHD is the more accepted term now, due to scientific advances and the findings of clinic trials, and it is a neurobiologically-based developmental disability. People with ADHD exhibit signs of inattentiveness and problems focusing. They may be able to pay attention to a task, but then lose focus due to hyperactivity and impulsiveness. ADHD is not a case of people having trouble sitting still or inhibiting certain behaviors.
What are the causes?
The exact cause of ADHD is not known, but scientific evidence suggests that the disorder is transmitted genetically. It results from a chemical deficiency or imbalance in certain neurotransmitters (the chemicals that regular behavior in the brain). Additionally, a study conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health has shown that the rate at which the brain uses glucose (its main energy source) is lower among those with ADD / ADHD. The link between glucose and this disorder make diabetes and glucose management very important. At MediMax Obesity Institute, we specialize in treatments for patients who are looking to manage their obesity and lose weight.
What are the signs and symptoms?
The signs and symptoms of ADD/ADHD include inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. If you are easily distractible, a part of your attention process is disrupted. Those suffering from ADHD have trouble with one or all part of the attention process. In some cases, you may have difficulty concentrating on tasks (especially ones that are routine). In other cases, you may have issues knowing where to start a task. Lastly, you may get lost while listening to directions. Careful observers can see where the attention process breaks down for those with Attention-Deficit Hyperactive Disorder.
Hyperactivity is the most visible sign of this disorder. Hyperactive toddlers and children seem to be motor driven or “always on the go.” As those children age, this overactivity will show itself in the form of fidgety behavior and restlessness.
Impulsivity, in general terms, involves acting without thinking. For those with ADHD, impulsivity is a bit different. People with this disorder act without thinking because they have difficulty delaying or waiting for gratification. Interrupting others, speaking out of turn and engaging in risky behavior (running across the street, for example) are all noticeable signs. This impulsive behavior occurs, not because the person is a risk-taker; but rather, he or she is having trouble controlling that impulse. Often the person is surprised to find that he or she has gotten into a dangerous situation and has no idea how to get out of it.
Get treatments in British Columbia
At MediMax Obesity Institute, we help patients manage their glucose intake, which is linked to ADHD. We also provide medication that can help with the signs and symptoms of Attention-Deficit Hyperactive Disorder.* To find out how we can help you, request a consultation at one our four locations in British Columbia: Abbotsford, Chilliwack or Langley. You can request your consultation online, or you can give us a call at (604) 217-1827.
*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.