Awareness of ADHD in the United States

JUSTIN VALLEJO
Staff Writer

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. According to webmd.com, 11% of all people in the United States are diagnosed with ADHD. Some symptoms of ADHD are inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. According to The National Institute of Health, ADHD is one of the most common childhood brain disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood.

This means that some college students could have ADHD and not even know it. ADHD is not always easy to spot, as everyone has different ways of reacting to the disorder. Sometimes, the side affects are so small that adults can go their whole lives without knowing they have ADHD. Adults’ side affects differ from children. Adults may have a hard time holding down a job, being organized or managing their time. Having ADHD can impact a student’s academic success, so it is important for students to get checked by a doctor and see if they need to be diagnosed with this disorder, especially if they find themselves falling behind in school.

Students may find it hard to focus in class or when they are doing homework, but this doesn’t always mean they have this disorder, And it can become very dangerous to take the pills for ADHD if they do not have it.

Children aren’t the only ones who can be diagnosed with ADHD. Teenagers, young adults and college students can be diagnosed as well. If  students are struggling with paying attention, seeing drastic changes in their levels of focus or keeping up with school work, they should consider talking to a medical professional.