GENESEO, N.Y., Oct. 30, 2023 – October is National Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Awareness Month and Livingston County is dedicated to providing education and support for children and adults who live with ADHD.
One of the most common neurological disorders, typically diagnosed in childhood, ADHD symptoms can often last well into adulthood. There are three different ways that ADHD may present itself including Predominantly Inattentive, which is characterized by difficulties finishing a task, paying attention to details or following conversations and directions. Another form is Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive, which is commonly associated with problems sitting still for long. Smaller children often run, jump, or climb constantly. Someone who suffers from this form of ADHD may often interrupt conversations, speak at inappropriate times and can often be more prone to accidents and injuries. Someone who suffers from ADHD may also have both presentations.
While the causes of ADHD have yet to be fully unlocked by science, current research indicates that genetics play an important role. Additionally, scientists are studying possible correlations to brain injuries, exposure to environmental risks such as lead, alcohol and tobacco use during pregnancy, premature delivery and low birth weight.
It is important to note that research does not support common misconceptions that ADHD is caused by consuming too much sugar, watching television, parenting or social factors including poverty.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that concerned parents speak with their primary healthcare provider about diagnosing and treating ADHD-related symptoms. Furthermore, a healthcare professional may be able to rule out other common problems that could present as ADHD including anxiety, hearing and vision loss and other types of learning disabilities.
Along with potential behavioral therapy and medication, developing a healthy lifestyle may help to curtail ADHD symptoms including healthy eating habits, physical activity, limiting screen time on mobile devices and getting the recommended amount of sleep each night based on age.
For more information on the various services and support-based programs that the County offers to help individuals with ADHD, please visit the Livingston County Department of Health’s website and click on programs and services.
To learn more about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.
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About Livingston County:
Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is home to more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.