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Let’s start acknowledging the connection between ADHD and other mental health disorders

ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) is often misunderstood as a childhood disorder for kids who have trouble sitting still and struggle to finish their homework on time. While these certainly are symptoms of ADHD, they are, at best the tip of the iceberg. ADHD is a neurological disorder which negatively impacts critical lifelong skills such as planning, focusing, prioritizing, and controlling impulses. Individuals with ADHD often describe impaired functioning in areas of their life which mean the most to them, such as maintaining relationships or pursuing a career. Furthermore, as ADHD is often misunderstood as a lack of willpower rather than a deficit in the brain’s ability to successfully implement executive functioning skills, they describe episode after episode of disappointing themselves and others. Particularly when ADHD is undiagnosed or untreated this can contribute to increased anxiety, depression and a lack of self-worth. An article in the Journal of Affective Disorders discussing the link between ADHD and other mental health disorders quoted University of Toronto professor Esme Fuller-Thomas as saying, “It is crucial that those with ADHD who are struggling with mental health issues reach out for help from their family doctor or other mental health professionals including social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists. Effective treatments, such as CBT, are available and these can dramatically improve one's quality of life.” To read more, follow the link below:

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