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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a neurodevelopmental disorder, is characterized by difficulty in controlling impulsivity, behavior, and/or attention. It is estimated to affect 8 million people in the United States alone, with symptoms typically appearing before the age of 12. Read more

The Correlation Between ADHD And Anxiety

December 15, 2022 - Reading time: 4 minutes

If you have ADHD, you probably know all too well what it's like to feel overloaded. It can be challenging to stay on top of all the balls that need to be kept in the air at once—work, home life, and social obligations. Read more

Pornography Addiction: Why Porn Is so Addictive?

December 10, 2022 - Reading time: 5 minutes

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What is gaslighting? Pratical Examples and how to handle them

December 8, 2022 - Reading time: 5 minutes

We’ve all heard the term “gaslighting” before, but what does it actually mean? In short, gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse in which the abuser intentionally tries to make their victim question their reality. Read more

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in India has become a major problem.

December 7, 2022 - Reading time: 11 minutes

In the study Prevalence of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Primary School Children, conducted in Coimbatore, India, researchers found that ADHD prevalence was higher than the global estimate, at 11.32%. The highest prevalence was found at ages 9 and 10 (both with a rate of 26.4%).

When it comes to ADHD, the study found that more males were diagnosed with the disorder than females. Children who were diagnosed with ADHD were observed to have difficulties in reading and writing as well as having behaviour problems in school.

According to a study conducted in different parts of India, the high rate of ADHD can be between 2-17%. That means 10 million Indian children are diagnosed with ADHD annually.

Coping with ADHD in India

Unfortunately, there is no cure for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But that's not to say its symptoms can't be managed therapeutically. The condition does not go away in 30 to 50 percent of children with ADHD, who go on to develop the disorder as adults.

Medications can help with pain and other symptoms

With ADHD, you may feel overwhelmed and not sure when you're going to bounce off the walls. Medicines used to manage symptoms like these help balance out neurotransmitters, which can greatly improve symptoms. Stimulant medications work for about 70-80% of people. They can be used during both moderate and severe cases of ADHD.

Children over the age of 3 and children over the age of 6 can take specific stimulants that help with energy, focus, or depression. These drugs are sometimes used by people who have a hard time at work, school, or home.

Medications available for ADHD are:

  • Stimulants: These medications help improve focus, and minimize distractions. Some examples of stimulants are Amphetamine or Adderall, Amphetamine or Adzenys, and Dextroamphetamine or Dexedrine.
  • Non-stimulants: When side effects from stimulants are too high, this medicine can help to reduce them. Non-stimulant examples include:
  • Atomoxetine or Bupropion – This drug was the first non-stimulant approved by the FDA and can be prescribed to individuals of any age, including children, adolescents, and adults.
  • Clonidine hydrochloride (Kapvay) – This medicine is one of the few approved for use as a single treatment or in conjunction with a stimulant.
  • Guanfacine (Intuniv) is a medicine that was approved for children and teenagers aged between 6 and 17 years.
  • Amitriptyline, Bupropion, Escitalopram, Venlafaxine are some other pills. They're alternative medicines which aren't as popular but might be an option for you.

ADHD and the Pharmaceutical Industry in Some Indian Communities

Although ADHD is quite common in India, parents are reluctant to subject their children to medications. Of children who've been prescribed ADHD drugs, 83.3% discontinued the treatment within the first month. The biggest reason for dropping the drug was that it lost its effectiveness. Other reasons given included side effects, problems in hospitals (presumably lack of trust), and fear that the child became addicted.

We've discovered that parents in lower-income classes have shown considerable willingness to tap non-pharmacological methods, a study Hyperactive Around the World? The History of ADHD in a Global Perspective has indicated.

Non-pharmacological solutions for India

There are alternative solutions that have been proposed in India:

  • Psychosocial interventions involve behavioural intervention, parent training, peer and social skills training, and classroom-based intervention.
  • Body-focused activities include but are not limited to yoga and other forms of physical exercises, sleep interventions, and mindfulness techniques.
  • Cognitive-behavioural Therapy - with research evidence showing that the therapy delivers real-world benefits for adults with ADHD
  • Neuro-cognitive training - games like the Cogo game from Singapore-based Neeuro Pte. Ltd. and researchers from the IMH, Duke-NUS, and A*STAR that help adults, children, or military personnel build attention span with EEG biofeedback training.

Researchers have found that the alternative solution of EEG-based attention training is a promising way to help those with ADHD. The latest brain scans of children with ADHD showed reorganized connectivity, suggesting less inattentive symptoms and greater symptoms of hyperactivity.

ADHD brain and Omega-3 Fatty Acids study

December 6, 2022 - Reading time: 5 minutes

According to a recent study published in European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) (both omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids) improve alertness and impulsivity in healthy adolescents may improve. Read more

How do you get diagnosed with ADHD in Canada?

December 5, 2022 - Reading time: 5 minutes

It’s not easy to get diagnosed with ADHD in Canada. For one thing, there is no blood test or brain scan that can diagnose it. Instead, a diagnosis is based on a set of symptoms that have to be present for at least six months. Read more

Is It Possible To Be In A Successful Relationship With Someone Who Has ADHD?

December 3, 2022 - Reading time: 4 minutes

Developing a Successful Relationship with a Partner Who Has ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects approximately 4.4% of adults in the United States. Read more


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