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ADHD: Is it a Mental Illness?

Wednesday, June 14th 2023 10:00am 7 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, commonly known as ADHD, is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. It affects both children and adults and can cause significant impairments in daily life. Despite being a well-known disorder, there is still much confusion and controversy surrounding ADHD. In this article, we will explore some of the most common questions and misconceptions about ADHD.

Is ADHD a mental illness or a coping mechanism?

ADHD is considered a mental illness because it affects the brain’s functioning and can cause significant impairment in daily life. However, some researchers argue that ADHD may also be a coping mechanism. They suggest that some individuals with ADHD may use their hyperactivity and impulsivity to cope with emotional or behavioral problems.

For example, an individual with ADHD may have difficulty regulating their emotions and may use their hyperactivity to distract themselves from negative feelings. Alternatively, they may use their impulsivity to take risks and seek out novel experiences as a way of coping with boredom or lack of stimulation.

While this theory is still controversial and not yet widely accepted, it highlights the complexity of ADHD and the need for more research to fully understand the disorder.

Is a person born with ADHD or does it develop?

ADHD is believed to be a neurodevelopmental disorder, which means that it begins in childhood and affects the development of the brain. However, the exact causes of ADHD are not yet fully understood. Some researchers believe that genetics may play a role in the development of ADHD, while others suggest that environmental factors may also contribute.

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