ADHD: BOYS VS. GIRLS

Kids having fun and posing for a picture

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD, is one of the most common conditions to manifest amongst kids. While this chronic mental disorder causes disruptive behavior and problems focusing for both genders, there are significant differences in the symptoms between boys and girls.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, boys are three times more likely to receive an ADHD diagnosis than girls. This is not because this condition is more common among boys, but because the symptoms of ADHD appear rather differently in girls making it harder to diagnose correctly. Very often, young females will only show subtle symptoms that can be very difficult for medical professionals to pick up on. According to the NHS, ADHD affects up to five per cent of the children. Common signs of this condition among children often include inability to concentrate, extreme amounts of energy Read more

Technology: A Concentration Slayer

Our life through a screen and its effects on concentration

Technology is an incredible thing with undeniable benefits for our society. Practically unlimited access to information and real-time news has made the world a smaller place, but many experts believe that technology is also a major concentration killer.

Technology is an incredible thing with undeniable benefits for our society. Practically unlimited access to information and real-time news has made the world a smaller place, but many experts believe that technology is also a major concentration killer. An enormous part of our population conducts many aspects of their life via a screen. We use computers during our “9 to 5” working life, we seek out entertainment via screens in all shapes and sizes; to socialise, to plan a holiday, to learn and sometimes even to find a partner. Web MD defines ADHD as “a chronic condition marked by persistent inattention, hyperactivity, Read more

ADHD and the difficulty in making a correct diagnosis

The so-called ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is increasingly diagnosed in more children (who are treated with drugs) in Western societies.

Since the turn of the century, the number of children diagnosed with ADHD has risen by 40%. The figures in the U.S., for instance, are very representative: 11% of children are diagnosed with ADHD, while 4 out of every 100 adults are affected. This happens to be the most common mental illness in the UK as well.

But the real question remains: Is there really such a thing as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? For Dr. Richard Saul Chicago, the answer is a resounding no. According to the recent and controversial book by Dr. Saul, “ADHD Does Not Exist,” he argues that there is not a single individual in the world affected by this disorder. The supposed symptoms of ADHD manifest themselves through, for example, the inability to pay attention and sit still in a chair – typical behaviour of millions of students around the globe. ADHD has also been associated with a number of behavioural patterns: excessive talking, low tolerance Read more