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...
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 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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...