ADHD is a highly genetic, brain-based syndrome that has to do with the regulation of a particular set of brain functions and related behaviours.
These brain operations are collectively referred to as “executive functioning skills” and include important functions such as attention, concentration, memory, motivation and effort, learning from mistakes, impulsivity, hyperactivity, organisation, and social skills.
There are various contributing factors that play a role in these challenges including chemical and structural differences in the brain as well as genetics.
ADHD is NOT caused by poor parenting, falls or head injuries, traumatic life events, digital distractions, video games and television, lack of physical activity, food additives, food allergies, or excess sugar.
Researchers used to believe that ADHD was related to minor head injuries and brain damage, but most people with ADHD have no such history and this theory has been disproved.
Others have speculated that refined sugar and food additives cause ADHD symptoms. While refined sugar isn’t good for one’s health in general, there has not been any scientifically proven correlation between sugar and food additives and ADHD.
ADHD IS caused by chemical, structural, and connectivity differences in the brain, mostly as a result of genetics.
Hiring a good ADHD coach can be the first step toward a better quality of life for anyone with ADHD.
Before a person with ADHD can expect to better manage their ADHD, they must acquire an increased understanding of the bio-neurological nature and challenges of ADHD.
I have the knowledge, listening skills, and ability to explain the complexities of ADHD in simple language you will understand.
ADHD coaches support their clients in developing a comprehensive understanding of both the nature of ADHD and the impact of ADHD on their client’s quality of life.
In addition, ADHD coaches work with clients to create structures, support, skills, and strategies.
Coaching assists clients with ADHD to stay focused on their goals, face obstacles, address core ADHD-related issues like time management, organisation, and self-esteem, gain clarity and function more effectively.
In short, people often use the terms ADD and ADHD interchangeably, although the current correct medical terminology is ADHD or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
ADHD, more specifically, has been known by many names in the years since it was first recorded in medical research (the late 1700s), it was not included in the diagnostic manuals for health professionals until 1968.
In fact, at one time ADHD was referred to as “Minimal Brain Dysfunction” – thankfully times have changed! As research and understanding of this condition have grown over the decades, the diagnosis name and description has evolved.
Many people recall the term Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and still use it today out of familiarity, and many people, especially those who were diagnosed with ADHD or worked with individuals with ADHD before the publication of the DSM-IV in 1994, often use the terms “ADHD” and “ADD” interchangeably.
ADD was the diagnostic term used in the third edition of the DSM released in 1980. Later revisions of the DSM, changed the diagnosis name to Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder to reflect new findings in research.
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