Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, which is abbreviated ADHD is a condition that includes attention difficulties, hyperactivity, and restlessness. ADHD usually begins in the childhood stage of an individual’s life and eventually lasts into adulthood. ADHD is a common neurodevelopmental disorder of childhood, most adults have ADHD because of certain stressful life events, especially childhood trauma.
How does ADHD occur in childhood? Well, there are different causes at early life stages. Alcohol and the use of tobacco during pregnancy can cause a child to develop ADHD at an early stage. This is one of the reasons why pregnant women are advised to be careful of what they take in. Avoiding foods and drinks as prescribed by a medical professional during pregnancy will help prevent symptoms of ADHD in childhood.
Pregnant women should be cautious of their surroundings and the materials they come into contact with. Brain injury at an early stage in life will eventually lead to ADHD. It could be traumatic brain injury, mild head injury, concussion, and so on.
Rape at a young age will cause lifetime trauma. Studies have shown that adults that experienced childhood trauma were more likely to struggle with controlling emotions and had heightened anxiety, depression, and anger. If a person is raped, it’s not because they failed to avoid rape; it’s because someone much stronger was forceful on them.
Premature delivery and low birth weight can also cause life-time trauma, not just to the baby but the parents as well. Previous research suggests that the birth of a preterm child with very low birth weight (VLBW; 1,500 g) can be traumatic for both parents and lead to short-term consequences like clinical levels of posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) or even the development of a posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
This article should be about steps on how to know if your partner is dealing with ADHD, but we need to know the causes, risk factors, and symptoms before we head in. Now, with that said, it will be quite obvious to know if your partner has ADHD.
- If your partner has trouble paying attention, they might be dealing with ADHD. Now you have to understand what paying attention means. You know your partner, and you should know if they are paying attention or not. If, peradventure, they are on their phone or they’re busy with something, then it’s only natural not to pay attention to certain things. But if you’re having a direct conversation with them and they’re not paying attention, then you have to worry. Difficulty focusing and forgetfulness are also signs.
- If your partner has controlling impulsive behaviors (may act without thinking about what the result will be), then there’s no need to worry. A normal person should think of the consequences of something before they act. This behaviour might not be a decision but a physical conclusion.
- If your partner is overly active, there’s no need to worry. If they don’t see the need to calm down while doing something that should be done with ease, you should have a talk with them. If they always shout out of anger while doing something that’s vigorous for them, you should also worry.
- Sudden Mood swings, anxiety, depression, or learning disabilities are things you should also look out for. Depression and anxiety can lead to negative thoughts like using pills to feel relieved, smoking and drinking alcohol out of melancholy. You should have a serious conversation with your partner. Have them book a therapist or even better, make them comfortable by organising a support group. Make them practice mindfulness, coping mechanisms and trigger avoidance to minimise destructive emotional outbursts.