A Helping Hand: ADHD in Siblings

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Health in the family is always of utmost importance. Having a sibling with ADHD can become quite overwhelming to some who are unprepared for the changes that come after the diagnosis. It is easy to feel lost and helpless when someone so close to you is diagnosed with a condition that you know nothing about, which is why it is important to learn as much as you can so you can be a helping hand.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, also known as ADHD, is a common neurodevelopmental disorder that affects a person’s ability to focus, control over their impulses or causes them to be overly active. Usually diagnosed at an early age, this disorder can be outgrown by most who have it but in some cases, it can stay present all the way through to adulthood. It is genetically passed down to children from their parents and currently, there is no catchall cure for ADHD, only various therapies that can help those who suffer from it manage and improve on their symptoms.

There are three common types of ADHD. First, the inattentive type where the sufferer is easily distracted and has trouble following instructions and keeping their attention on a single thing. The second type is hyperactive-impulsive where sufferers will be very fidgety and have difficulty controlling their impulses. The third type is a blend of the two. As the most common type of ADHD, the sufferer’s symptoms often fluctuate between the two extremes. The individuals who suffer from this will have moments when they can be calm and foc