ADHD

abilia, ADHD
“May name is Alex and I am 23 years old. I enjoy working and living in my own flat. I don't like cleaning, shopping or doing anything boring, the sort of thing you have to do when you leave home - and I often forget to do it. My mum nags me a lot, and although she is just trying to help, it often leads to arguments. Sometimes I want to do things in my time off, but usually it doesn't work out like that. My mum gave me a gym pass, but it's like I can't get started and usually end up falling asleep in front of the TV instead. Well, I forgot to say that I've got ADD, which is a variant of ADHD.”

If you have ADHD, you might recognise yourself in Alex's description Having ADHD means that you have trouble paying attention and concentrating. Sometimes you might also be hyperactive and have difficulty controlling your impulses. About three to five percent of all children in Sweden have ADHD, so you're not alone. More than half of those diagnosed as children also have typical symptoms as adults, and as a result fulfil the diagnosis criteria, although the hyperactivity and impulsiveness may lessen with age.

What can it be like to live with ADHD?

  • You may have problems paying attention, which are apparent in, for example, forgetting to do everyday activities like shopping, cleaning, eating, paying bills etc.
  • You may have difficult controlling your level of activity in response to various situations, so it might be too high or too low.
  • You might be impulsive, which can take the form of strong and difficult-to-control emotional reactions, or you might have difficulty listening to others and dealing with unstructured situations that require reflection and consideration.
  • You might have difficulty making plans and remembering things, and find that you quickly lose focus and interest.
  • You might have difficulty being punctual.
  • You may become easily irritated and have difficulty in your relationships with family and friends.
  • You might sleep badly and at the wrong times
  • You  might get stuck in front of TV series and games.

ADHD is an abbreviation for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. ADD is ADHD but without the hyperactivity and with the emphasis on attention problems. ADHD combined with DCD (Developmental Coordination Disorder) is characterised by major motor function problems and sometimes problems with perception. People with ADHD may also have other neuropsychiatric functional impairments such as Tourette's or Asperger's syndrome or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It is not uncommon for people with ADHD to have learning difficulties, as well as difficulty reading and writing.

How can we help you?
We use structure and routines to help you create an easier daily life. If you have ADHD, it is important to create routines around things like sleeping, mealtimes, free time and household tasks. You might need help being punctual, whether you are at school or go to work, or in your private life. You also need help with starting things and getting motivated. Once you have a good structure in your daily life, you will find that your life will become simpler in many ways. You will find that your relationships with family and relations will improve, while at the same time you will become more independent, which in turn leads to improved confidence.

At Abilia we have a number of aids that bring some order and structure to your daily life. Both you and those close to you can enter daily routines in our various calendars, which will help you to become more independent and better at time management, while also being more motivated to take part more in various activities.

Below you can see some of the products for you with ADHD

 
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