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Free ADHD lecture planned at AV Hospital

Juliana Norwood | 11/13/2017, 12:07 p.m.

Although the recognition of ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) Awareness Month came to an end at the close of October, the disorder is still one that affects nearly 6 million children and adults nationwide according to 2015 statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Therefore, the Antelope Valley Hospital intends to have a free mental health lecture, “Paying Attention to ADHD” on Nov. 16 at the Community Resource Center, 44151 15th Street West in Lancaster, led by Syed Rizvi, M.D.

The hour-long lecture will explore:

• Definition, causes and diagnosis of ADHD.

• Myths and facts about ADHD.

• The difference between ADD and ADHD.

• Medication necessity and options.

If ADHD can be “outgrown.”

Challenges and opportunities for those with ADHD.

ADHD is a chronic condition that affects millions and includes a combination of persistent problems such as difficulty staying focused (often referred to as inattention), hyperactivity and impulsive behavior.

Children with ADHD also may struggle with low self-esteem, troubled relationships and poor performance in school. Symptoms sometimes lessen with age. However, some people never completely outgrow their ADHD symptoms.

Dr. Rizvi is a psychiatrist who offers medication and therapy treatment for many patients with ADHD, and while treatment won't cure ADHD, it can help a great deal with symptoms. Treatment typically involves medications and behavioral interventions. Early diagnosis and treatment can make a big difference in outcome.

Symptoms

ADHD symptoms typically start before age 12 but in some youth become evident as early as three years old. According to Dr. Rizvi, “ADHD is more common in boys, yet doctors have not discovered exactly why girls are less likely to develop the condition. In children, ADHD is usually recognized during their elementary school years, as they begin to exhibit issues in class.”

For example, boys may be more hyperactive and girls may tend to be quietly inattentive.

According to information provided by the Mayo Clinic, there are three subtypes of ADHD:

Predominantly inattentive. The majority of symptoms fall under inattention.

Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive. The majority of symptoms are hyperactive and impulsive.

Combined. The most common type in the U.S., this is a mix of inattentive symptoms and hyperactive-impulsive symptoms.

Inattention

A child who shows a pattern of inattention may often:

Fail to pay close attention to details or make careless mistakes in schoolwork

Have trouble staying focused in tasks or play

Appear not to listen, even when spoken to directly

Have difficulty following through on instructions and fail to finish schoolwork or chores

Have trouble organizing tasks and activities

Avoid or dislike tasks that require focused mental effort, such as homework

Hyperactivity and impulsivity

A child who shows a pattern of hyperactive and impulsive symptoms may often:

Fidget with or tap his or her hands or feet, or squirm in the seat

Have difficulty staying seated in the classroom or in other situations

Run around or climb in situations when it's not appropriate

Have trouble playing or doing an activity quietly

Have difficulty waiting for his or her turn