Fantasizing about an “ADHD-free world?” 4 reasons to be careful what you wish for

Imagine a world where ADHD -- is no more. Maybe it's been solved by science, or perhaps the dreaded focus ills never found a place in the human mind to begin with. Regardless of the cause, I bet this hypothetical world is something you've already thought about as you contemplated what it would be like in the future. You know, when science solved everything? "Attention issues no more! We’re all freeee….." Not so fast. In this article we talk about what the good – and the bad – of an ADHD...

Warning: You’re Pushing People Away By Not Managing These 4 ADHD Interpersonal Quirks

Warning - You're Pushing People Away By Not Managing These 4 ADHD Interpersonal Quirks
I have a love/hate relationship with parties. The music and the people are brain-scrambling loud, (at least when my friends control the sound system). All too often in my state of overwhelm bordering on panic, I sit alone in a corner, nursing my glass and thinking “what is going on upstairs?” To break the silence, I sometimes get unintentionally silly. A level of silliness that can only truly come from someone with severe ADHD tendencies, both good and bad. Being awkward isn’t fun. However...

ADHD drivers are at high risk. Here are 4 ways to stay safer on the road

Driving Safely With ADHD - Infographic
  Handing any teenager the keys to a vehicle can be a nerve-wracking experience, let alone a teen with ADHD. Indeed, people of all ages with ADHD are 4 times more likely to receive a moving violation ticket, 2 times more likely to get into an accident , and 50% more likely to get into a serious accident involving injury. Thankfully, there's a lot we can do to minimize inattentiveness behind the wheel Special classes exist to train people on how to become more conscious of obstac...

ADHD vs Autism – What’s the difference?

ADHD vs Autism - Infographic
  While ADHD is a disease of focus and planning, Autism Spectrum Disorder is an illness of impaired communication skills. People exhibiting Autism have great difficulty analyzing a person's body language for cues into unspoken meanings. They often break the flow of conversation, by not taking turns and interrupting if they feel they have something they need to say. A telltale sign of a child with autism is constant averting of eye contact. Paired to exceptionally poor communica...

ADHD vs Laziness – What’s the difference?

ADHD vs Laziness - Infographic
  ADHD seems to have a bad rap. Many people don't even consider it to be a real illness. In fact we know from studies that ADHD is a true neurobiological disorder affecting about 10% (or more) of the population, making it harder for people with the illness to plan and execute on important tasks. Laziness, on the other hand, is a natural human state of low energy or motivation. It is brought on when the mind is tricked into believing that the long-term rewards of completing somethi...

ADHD vs OCD – What’s the difference?

ADHD vs OCD - Infographic
  ADHD and obsessive-compulsive disorder are comorbid illnesses. This means about one third of ADHD affected people also has OCD. Characterized by unwanted repeated thoughts, people with OCD develop rituals of repeated behaviors to help temporarily quell the recurring thoughts in their minds. Rituals around cleanliness and hygiene are frequent, and can include obsessive handwashing, showering, teeth brushing or many other repetitious behaviors. People with ADHD can experience a...

ADHD vs Asperger’s – What’s the difference?

ADHD vs Aspergers - Infographic
  Asperger's Syndrome is an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Relatively uncommon compared to ADHD, it is nevertheless a serious mental condition that affects many people worldwide. People with Asperger's syndrome face impaired communication and motor skill development. At a young age, they may be slow to walk or ride a bike. As a child with Asperger's Syndrome grows, he or she will have a more difficult time understanding nonliteral meanings, such as slangs or implied meanings. Childre...

ADHD vs Depression – What’s the difference?

ADHD vs Depression - Infographic
  Having any mental disorder can create uneasy feelings, but depression can be particularly devastating to one's sense of self-worth. People who are depressed often feel guilty, worthless, and loathe life itself. They often lack the motivation to complete important daily tasks and sometimes have trouble getting into a regular sleep pattern. Social withdrawal is common and can further exacerbate systems of Major Depressive Disorder. Few people enjoy the fact that they have ADHD, bu...

ADHD vs Anxiety Disorder – What’s the difference?

ADHD vs Anxiety - Infographic
    Like ADHD, anxiety disorder, especially generalized anxiety disorder, can be pervasive throughout one's life. People suffering from anxiety feel a general sense of unease as they go about their day. Small issues seem more severe and stressful. The person may understand his or her stress levels are too high for a given situation, and yet still feel overwhelming physiological stress taking over. People with ADHD also feel stress, especially as their condition gets in the...

ADHD vs Bipolar Disorder – What’s the difference?

ADHD vs Bipolar - Infographic
Although both are mental health conditions, ADHD and bipolar disorder are two very different illnesses. Impaired executive functioning makes it harder for ADHD affected individuals to focus, prioritize tasks, keep track of time, and hold back certain impulsive behaviors. On the other hand, people with bipolar disorder can experience severe shifts in mood, energy, and emotions. These people often change from euphoric, or manic highs to crushing fits of depression. It is not fully unders...