What is ADHD? Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a condition that affects brain activity, leading to behavioral symptoms including:. The symptoms associated with ADHD often become noticeable around the time a child starts school. In an estimated percent of cases, childhood ADHD continues into adulthood.
ADHD and Sleep Disorders
7 Sleep Disorders Linked to ADHD - ADHD Center - Everyday Health
Millions of children and adults struggle with symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD , a condition marked by problems with concentration, impulse control, organization, and memory. It can be a frustrating and difficult condition, stigmatizing and often isolating for those who suffer from it. But what if some of those who've been diagnosed with ADHD are, in fact, suffering from another disorder altogether -- a sleep disorder? That's the provocative and important question posed in this commentary by a practicing psychiatrist with extensive experience treating patients with ADHD. Vatsal Thakkar, who is also a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center, makes a powerful argument for the need to consider sleep problems as a possible cause when evaluating patients for ADHD. As Dr.
7 Sleep Disorders Linked to ADHD
By Alice Klein. A DRUG normally used to treat narcolepsy and excessive daytime sleepiness also seems to improve symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD symptoms. The finding supports the idea that ADHD might be a sleep disorder. People who have been diagnosed with ADHD find it difficult to concentrate and are generally hyperactive.
This article was originally published in November It has been revised to reflect more recent research. Individuals on the spectrum often have trouble falling and staying asleep. And that may worsen certain features of their condition, such as repetitive behaviors , which can, in turn, make sleeping even more difficult.