What's Up With ADHD? Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

I got up close and personal with what I thought ADHD was this summer when I visited Rio with my sister. Here's what I experienced: Time management issues. Having issues with making simple decisions, such as deciding what to wear, what to eat. Not being able to focus on one thing at a time, such as going to a particular place and sticking with it. Turning every event, unnecessarily, into an orchestra of events. Feelings of wanting to please everyone, such as wanting to buy gifts for too many people while on vacation. My sister wanting to have her own way, and getting upset when she couldn't. Misplacing things.

What is ADHD?

ADHD is a brain disorder associated with inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. A person with ADHD has issues paying attention, they are always on the move, or hyperactive, and very impulsive. They also have problems with self-regulation. It is also thought that adults have a hard time turning off distracting internal thoughts.

Which structures of the brain are involved in the disease of ADHD?

In adults, the Cerebral Cortex, the Cerebellum, and the Striatum are involved. There also seem to be a disruption of messages in brain cell activity by chemicals such as dopamine, and noradrenaline, and possibly glutamate. There are issues with communication and inactivity with different parts of the brain.

How can ADHD affect daily life?

Adults with ADHD can experience problems at work and home. Some of the issues can be with relationships, disorganization, lateness, misplacing or losing things, and decision making.

It was fascinating to realize that my sister whom I had known all my life portrayed the symptoms of ADHD. Although she has never been tested, my knowledge of what ADHD was, fitted the symptoms she displayed. As much as I know, she is not aware, that her symptoms are related to ADHD. It just dawned on me one day during our trip that her actions definitely looked like ADHD. It was apparent to me that she did these things automatically, as if she had no control, or was unaware that the symptoms she portrayed were issues.

Examples of her tendency to ADHD were: if we were walking to a particular mall and she saw some other place that seemed interesting, she would want to stop and go to the other place even though we had time constraints, such as mall we were going to, closing hours. Another example would be that we were going on a tour at a certain hour and she would want to go some other places first, even though time was not on our side to do so. She definitely lacked organized focused. If I allowed myself to be dragged along with her escapades, we would be trying to do all sorts of things, and not really accomplishing much. She always took a long time trying to decide what she wanted to eat, and turned each meal into an orchestra of deciding what she wanted. She also took a long time deciding what she would wear each day and changed into several different outfits before she was ready to leave. She showed difficulty in managing her time. She always wanted to do too many things in a short space of time, and got upset if I didn't go along with her plans. My sister had gift lists that she had to fill, and when she was almost through with her original list, which kept evolving, she talked about another group of people she thought she should buy gifts for. I told her to forget it, and that she was being ridiculous. I told my sister she was a "multiplicity", and that she needed to be "one". In my opinion she was all over the place. Despite having to keep reigns on my sister we enjoyed our time in Rio de Janeiro.


Even though my sister has these issues, she is still able to manage her life well enough for herself to be successful and productive. But I did speak with her son about her condition, of which he was aware of, and hope to one day help her get the help she needs. She definitely don’t see any issues with the way she is!



Metha, Mitual Dr., Asherson, Philip Professor (Producers). (May 2015). Adult ADHD and the Brain Video retrieved from http://www.adhd-institute.com/burden-of-adhd/aetiology/neurobiology/

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