Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is a neurodevelopmental disorder that can turn everyday tasks into significant challenges. It’s marked by continuous inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. With proper diagnosis and tailored treatment, individuals with ADHD can effectively manage their symptoms and lead fulfilling lives. Remember, every challenge is an opportunity for growth!
- Boost a low mood.
- Sleep through the night.
- Calm the brain.
- Overcome boredom.
People with ADHD could use almost any substance of abuse, but typically, they lean on stimulants. For example, research in the journal Pediatrics suggests that people with ADHD are twice as likely to have a history of tobacco use compared to people without it, and they’re three times as likely to be dependent on nicotine in adolescence or adulthood.
Overall, researchers said, people with ADHD are 2.5 times more likely to develop a substance abuse issue than people without ADHD.
Research from the American Psychiatric Association says 2.5 percent of adults have ADHD, so this isn’t a small problem. If most of these people move on to develop substance abuse issues or addictions, the cost to public health could be massive.
And yet, there are many people with ADHD who just aren’t aware that treatment works. There are others with addictions complicating ADHD who don’t know they can get better.