ADHD and Caring

What is ADHD?

            ADHD, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a type of neurodevelopmental disorder that typically impacts children and teens. However, the symptoms of ADHD can still impact the individuals well into adulthood. The disorder involves a multitude of symptoms surrounding the 3 core areas of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Over time, the disorder can impact both a person’s development and functioning. This can cause them to have difficulty in school, work, and relationships.

Symptoms

  • Inattention
  • Unorganized
  • Hyperactivity
  • Difficulty controlling anger
  • Impulsivity
  • Low self-esteem
  • Chronic lateness
  • Forgetful
  • Difficulty dealing with stress
  • Chronic Procrastination
  • Mood swings
  • Extreme impatience
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty staying quiet
  • Troubled Relationships
  • Difficulty following instructions

Causes

            While there is not one sole cause of ADHD, it has been determined that one’s genetics, environment, and development all can have an impact on whether a person develops it or not. ADHD has been found to run in families. Those with blood relatives who have ADHD are at a higher likelihood of also developing the disorder. When it comes to environmental factors, research has shown that in some cases lead exposure during childhood can cause a person to develop the disorder. If a child was exposed to things like drugs, alcohol, or tobacco while in the womb they may also have a greater chance of developing the disorder. Similarly, babies born prematurely or that have a low birth weight also have the same risks.

How can ADHD affect me as a carer?

            ADHD can sometimes be a difficult disorder to understand and cope with. If you are a carer who has ADHD, you may find yourself getting frustrated, overwhelmed, or irritated more quickly. When caring for a loved one, the environment can be stressful at times so you may find it especially difficult to cope and manage feelings. Because people with the disorder are more likely to be impulsive and forgetful, having consistency in their caring role may be difficult as well. Sticking to schedules and helping the person you care for getting to appointments on time may also be a challenge for you. While ADHD is a very common mental health problem to have, there comes a time when it may start to impact your life as a carer and the way that you function. At this point, it may be best to consider reaching out for help.

How can we help?

            If you are a carer who is struggling with ADHD, Suffolk Carers Matter can help! Our advice line is open Monday-Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am-2pm. Feel free to give us a call on 01284 333035. Our team can help to provide you with advice and guidance, as well as potentially refer you to our counselling service if it is needed. If you would like to learn more about our counselling service, click here.