Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) is a common behavioral disorder affecting approximately 10% of school going children. It has been seen that boys are about thrice more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD as compared to girls. Why this gender discrepancy is there is still not clear.
Kids with ADHD act without thinking, are hyperactive and have difficulty focusing. Understanding of what is expected of them may be there, but they have trouble following through because they can’t sit still, pay attention, focus on details or see a task to completion.
Majority of kids may act this way at times, especially when they are excited or anxious. But the difference with ADHD is that symptoms are present over a longer period of time and happen in different settings. They impair a child’s ability to function, in a social setting, academic front and at home.
Many people are surprised to know that ADHD shares a lot of characteristics with Type 1 Diabetes.
Firstly, both have a genetic component as well as non-genetic factors playing a role. In ADHD, low birth weight and early exposure to visual media could increase the risk of diagnosis, whereas in diabetes, studies indicate that a viral type infection could cause the genetic tendency. Also, both ADHD and diabetes are a result of chemistry imbalances. In diabetes, the pancreas gradually stop making insulin, while in ADHD, the neurotransmitters in the brain, like dopamine and norepinephrine are under activated.
Also, both diabetes and ADHD are misunderstood and there is a lot of social stigma associated with both these conditions. There needs to be a deeper understanding of the common struggles of diabetics and those with ADHD. In the same way that some generally misinformed people will make incredibly frustrating assumptions about diabetics, people with ADHD face inaccurate stereotypes.
The management of both of these conditions relies heavily on creating routines. Not sticking to routine in both conditions has proved to be detrimental to the effective management of these conditions.
E195 – Diabetes and ADHD – www.diabetic.today