By now, you’ve heard about the rise in diagnoses of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, the anxiety that comes with having high levels of the disorder, and the increasing number of people struggling to keep their jobs.
But the most alarming thing you may not know about this condition is that it’s also the most common anxiety disorder, with up to 1 in 4 adults living with it.
And that number isn’t getting any lower.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR), a manual that outlines the criteria for a diagnosis of ADHD, currently lists up to 10 million Americans who have the condition.
According to the DSM-IV, the condition has been around for centuries, dating back to Ancient Greece, where people with ADD were referred to as Hyperkinos, the Greek word for “super-hero.”
But in the United States, the word was first coined by psychiatrists, who saw the disorder as an opportunity to better understand what was wrong with children who were too young to realize that they had it.
Today, the disorder is defined as a pervasive pattern of behaviors, thoughts, and feelings that disrupt daily life, affect academic achievement, and disrupt social interactions.
What the DSM describes as ADHD is not a mental disorder.
Rather, it’s a mental illness, a psychiatric condition that is marked by “unwanted, repetitive, impulsive, impure, or destructive behavior, or by a persistent pattern of clinically significant distress or impairment that persists for a prolonged period of time.”
That includes symptoms like “distractibility,” “unreliability,” and “an inability to perform tasks or to complete a task.”
And although the symptoms are typically present in children between the ages of 3 and 18, they can develop into adulthood and even adulthood-long mental health issues, as people struggle with their own problems.
“When you are diagnosed with ADHD, you’re at an early stage of development where the brain is trying to figure out what the right thing to do is,” says psychologist Dr. David Bussman, an ADHD specialist who specializes in treatment.
“The brain is saying, ‘What’s the best thing to say to this person?'”
That’s why it can take years for someone with ADD to develop symptoms that would make him or her a target for discrimination.
“I have heard of people being called a ‘dumb twat’ and a ‘sick f**k’ for having ADD,” Bussmann says.
“And if you’re not in the same group as someone who has ADD, you may be discriminated against because you have ADD.”
In the U.S., people with ADHD are considered “high-functioning” because they have at least a 20 percent test score difference between their ADHD peers and those without.
But it’s not just those who have ADHD that are targeted for discrimination, says Bussfield.
“A lot of people with high-functioned people are targeted, too,” he says.
A number of factors can contribute to the problem, including family history of ADHD.
In addition to the “high” factor, Bussmah, who is also the executive director of the ADHD Coalition, points out that many people with the disorder are likely to be at greater risk for depression, which can cause social anxiety and addictions, and suicidal thoughts.
The mental health problems that people with a history of mental health disorders face can also have negative effects on their job performance, says Dr. Rebecca Rees, a mental wellness specialist at the University of Chicago School of Medicine.
“If you’re having trouble with social interaction, you can get caught in the cycle of feeling like you don’t belong,” she says.
In the case of ADHD diagnoses, there are multiple different types of problems that can cause the condition to persist and worsen, and some people are more likely to have problems with one type of mental disorder over the other.
“There’s a spectrum of symptoms,” says Rees.
“It can be hyperactivity and impulsivity, hyperactive and compulsive, or the other type of problem.
So we see that with people with anxiety disorders, for example, we see more anxiety and more impulsivity.”
For people with mild-to-moderate symptoms, it can be that their symptoms are mild, and that they’re able to manage them.
But for people with more severe symptoms, the symptoms can be severe, Bressman says.
These conditions can lead to a lot of stress and anxiety that can lead some people to seek treatment, Baskin says.
That can be especially true if the symptoms persist for more than a year.
And while there are some things that people can do to improve their symptoms, such as working on strategies to reduce the impact of their symptoms and finding a therapist who is experienced in treating ADD, there’s also no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment.
And it can make people feel isolated and isolated from the people they need to get help