Everyone can have difficulty sitting still, paying attention or controlling behaviour from time to time. For some people, however, the problems are so pervasive that they interfere with every aspect of their life. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural condition affecting school-age children, and symptoms continue into adulthood in more than three-quarters of all cases. It is characterised by difficulty concentrating, impulsiveness and hyperactivity.
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Symptoms of ADHD tend to be noticed at an early age and may become more noticeable when a child’s circumstances change, such as when they start school. Most cases are diagnosed when children are 6 to 12 years old.
The symptoms of ADHD usually improve with age, but many adults who are diagnosed with the condition at a young age continue to experience problems.
People with ADHD may also have additional problems, such as sleep and anxiety disorders.
The symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be categorised into two types of behavioural problems.
These categories are:
Most people with ADHD have problems that fall into both these categories, but this isn’t always the case.
For example, some people with the condition may have problems with inattentiveness, but not with hyperactivity or impulsiveness. This form of ADHD is also known as attention deficit disorder (ADD). ADD can sometimes go unnoticed because the symptoms may be less obvious.
Symptoms in children and teenagers
The symptoms of ADHD in children and teenagers are well defined, and they’re usually noticeable before the age of six. They occur in more than one situation, such as at home and school.
The main signs of each behavioural problem are detailed below.
The main signs of inattentiveness are:
Hyperactivity and impulsiveness
The main signs of hyperactivity and impulsiveness are:
These symptoms can cause significant problems in a child’s life, such as underachievement at school, poor social interaction with other children and adults, and problems with discipline.
Related conditions in children and teenagers
Although not always the case, some children may also have signs of other problems or conditions alongside ADHD, such as:
Tourette’s syndrome – a condition of the nervous system, characterised by a combination of involuntary noises and movements called tics
learning difficulties – such as dyslexia
Symptoms in adults
In adults, the symptoms of ADHD are more difficult to define. This is largely due to a lack of research into adults with ADHD.
ADHD is a developmental disorder; it’s believed that it can’t develop in adults without it first appearing during childhood. But it’s known that symptoms of ADHD often persist from childhood into a person’s teenage years, and then adulthood.
Any additional problems or conditions experienced by children with ADHD, such as depression or dyslexia, may also continue into adulthood.
By the age of 25, an estimated 15% of people diagnosed with ADHD as children still have a full range of symptoms, and 65% still have some symptoms that affect their daily lives.
The symptoms in children and teenagers, which are listed above, are sometimes also applied to adults with possible ADHD. But some specialists say that how inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness affect adults can be very different from the way they affect children.
For example, hyperactivity tends to decrease in adults, while inattentiveness tends to get worse as the pressure of adult life increases. Adult symptoms of ADHD also tend to be far more subtle than childhood symptoms.
Some specialists have suggested the following list of symptoms associated with ADHD in adults:
Additional problems in adults with ADHD
As with ADHD in children and teenagers, ADHD in adults can occur alongside several related problems or conditions.
One of the most common conditions is depression. Other conditions that adults may have alongside ADHD include:
The behavioural problems associated with ADHD can also cause problems such as difficulties with relationships, social interaction, drugs and crime. Some adults with ADHD find it hard to find and stay in a job.
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Inhale (see below) 2-3 drops of the Focus Blend 2-3 times a day, or as needed.
You can also use the ADHD Support roll-on during the day as needed on the temples, neck, and chest areas.
Apply 10-15 drops of the Cell Restore KIDS at night, over the spine.
Diffuse 2 drops of each of the following pure oils:
For social and anxiety disorders you can apply the Depression / Anxiety Blend over the chest area and also inhale.
For autistic symptoms, apply the Neurodivergent Support Blend over the neck, and chest area, and also inhale.
Diffusing some or all of the following pure oils will also assist with autistic symptoms: Frankincense 5ml 10ml, Vetiver 5ml 10ml, Sandalwood 5ml 10ml, Cedarwood 5ml 10ml, Lavender 5ml 10ml, Peppermint 5ml 10ml, Ylang-Ylang 5ml 10ml, Bergamot 5ml 10ml, Roman Chamomile 5ml 10ml.
Diffuse 2-3 drops of each oil; maximum 10-12 drops in total, at a time, unless otherwise advised.