ADHD is a disease that makes the lives of millions of people difficult in the age we live in. Although more children are thought to be suffering from ADHD, too many adults are also fighting this disease. Some important information about the illness.
What Is ADHD?
ADHD is one of the most common mental disorders, especially in childhood and adolescence, boys are more often affected than girls. It is assumed that around 5.3% of all children suffer from ADHD, in adulthood, it is around 2.5%.
How does ADHD develop?
The causes for the development of ADHD are not yet fully understood. According to the current state of science, it is a multifactorial disease: In addition to a corresponding genetic predisposition, various environmental influences also play a role.
In most cases, ADHD occurs in families: first-degree relatives, for example, have a double to eight-fold increased risk of developing it as well. It is therefore assumed that those affected have a genetic predisposition to ADHD.
However, the genetic predisposition to ADHD does not mean that the person will actually develop it. Certain environmental influences are also risk factors for the development of the disease.
In particular, those influences that influence brain development before, during, and after birth are discussed: nicotine and alcohol consumption by the mother during pregnancy, premature birth, too low birth weight, extreme neglect, negative parenting behavior, and other psychosocial stresses.
What are the symptoms of ADHD?
ADHD is characterized by three core symptoms. These can vary in strength and do not have to occur at the same time.
Sufferers have difficulty concentrating for long periods of time. They are easily distracted, make careless mistakes, and don't seem to be listening properly.
But if you are occupied with something that is particularly interesting for you, such as a PC or cell phone, the opposite can occur: You are very focused, forget everything around you, and seem to get lost in the medium.
ADHD patients have problems waiting and often act rashly. You interrupt others, disturb, and show a quick temper.
The most obvious symptom is often an excessive urge to move, and it is difficult to sit still. In adulthood, motor hyperactivity can also decrease and manifest itself more as inner restlessness or nervousness.
The disease can also occur completely without hyperactivity: In such cases, one speaks of ADD (attention deficit disorder without hyperactivity).
Frequently occurring comorbidities
In 85% of cases there is an additional mental illness, in 60% even several:
- Self-esteem disorder
- Anxiety disorder
- Additional partial performance disruptions such as LRS
- Obsessive thoughts, compulsive acts
- Eating disorder
There are some tasks that people get help especially against forgetfulness and attention deficit, which are the most common ADHS symptoms. Let's examine the most popular of these:
Due – Reminders & Timers
ADHD patients can be easily distracted, which leads to forgetting the important things to do on a daily basis. And that’s why Due exists. It reminds you of your daily things to do like take medication. The design is also clean and sleek which makes it more appealing to the eye. When a reminder goes off, it continues to ping in a specific interval like every 5 minutes, until you mark the task as done which is also very helpful.
Evernote is very good at organizing things. You can type in to-dos, add reminders, scan in handwritten notes, and much more. If you can’t find some of the things that you saved in the app, just use the search function! That’s how easy it can be to stay organized!
Remember the Milk
Even the simplest tasks can have multiple steps, so it’s easier to get them done by creating task lists. You can add important information to complete some tasks like passwords, addresses, and more. You can even add reminders of upcoming due dates, which can notify you by e-mail, text messages, or simple mobile notifications. The app also has a map feature, which makes a lot of tasks easier, for example by planning the most efficient route for a specific location.
Asana is a free organization and collaboration tool with which you can create to-do lists, due dates for other tasks and it even allows team collaboration. You can assign tasks to others, view tasks in project boards, and keep tabs on what has been assigned to you and to others. So all in all, it’s a great app to bring some structure to your professional life.
Todoist is very helpful for writing down tasks to do, ping you and keep you motivated. You don’t have to spend too much time in the app, just type in the task and its due date and the app takes care of all the organization. The app also has a task summary so you can see what tasks you’ve already done, and what tasks are still waiting for you to do them. Pretty handy, isn’t it?
SimpleMind Pro+ Mind Mapping
This app is great at keeping ideas that you came up with. For example, when you come up with an idea, you can simply write it down and save it in the app. You can also write down tasks that need to be done. The great thing is, that you can add information like: when, where or why did you come up with that idea? You could also add documents, voice memos, and other media to go along with your information.
Trello is a planning and organization tool for almost everything! To-do lists, grocery lists, and more. You can also use checklists, project folders, and more or share your app information with other users.
Clear Todos is especially useful when you have a lot to do. A big amount of tasks can be pretty overwhelming, but not with Clear Todos. Clear Todos cuts down your tasks into small pieces, so you don’t have to deal with a mountain of sticky notes all over the place.
Bear helps you writing down things and keep your tasks organized. Writing down thoughts can often be pretty annoying but with Bear, you can keep all your thoughts in one place, no matter when you write them down. The appealing interface makes it even better!
Productive – Habit Tracker
If you have a lot to do, it can feel less of an accomplishment to get things done. So The Productive Habit Tracker lets you develop a daily routine that you want to follow and acknowledges when you follow your predetermined tasks. You can plan any task, no matter how big or small it is.
Rinex Smart Tracker
Rinex smart tracker is a task that makes your life easy. It’s a small tracker that works as a key finder and a lost item finder. You can find easily your lost items via a Bluetooth connection with your smartphone. A very useful task for your daily life and sure a perfect help for ADHD patients. Not only for key or lost items, but you can use it also to find your lost pets. Since it is as small as a key chain, you can easily carry it with you or attach it to your belongings that you do not want to get lost. It does not have any harmful properties to animals.