Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a problem of not being able to focus or being overactive, or not being able to control behavior. It can be a combination of these. For these problems to be diagnosed as ADHD, they must be out of the normal range for a person’s age and development.
Symptoms of ADHD fall into three groups:
- Not being able to focus (inattentiveness)
- Being extremely active (hyperactivity)
- Not being able to control behavior (impulsivity)
Some people with ADHD have mainly inattentive symptoms. Some have mainly hyperactive and impulsivity symptoms. Others have a combination of different symptom types. Those with mostly inattentive symptoms are sometimes said to have attention deficit disorder (ADD). They tend to be less disruptive and are more likely not to be diagnosed with ADHD.
Inattentive Symptoms include:-
- Fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in school work
- Has difficulty keeping attention during tasks or play
- Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
- Does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork or chores and tasks
- Has problems organizing tasks and activities
- Forgetfulness in daily activities (for example, missing appointments, forgetting to bring lunch)
Hyperactivity Symptoms include:-
- Fidgeting and squirming
- Getting up frequently from his or her seat to walk or run around
- Moving constantly, running, or climbing excessively even when it’s inappropriate
- Having difficulty engaging in quiet free time activities
- Always on the move as if driven by a motor
- Excessive talking
Impulsivity symptoms include:-
- Impatience acts out without thinking
- Difficulty waiting for his or her turn in-line or in games
- Blurting out answers without hearing the whole question
- Interrupting others
At RVCS, Dr. Roopali and her team are especially skilled at dealing with children and adults suffering from ADHD, ADD, and related disorders. We diagnose using scientific tools and help with counseling and therapy of both the client and the family as required. We help them gain essential skills to deal with the disorder such that life becomes smooth and comfortable. We help the families with skills to support the member with the disorder. The family can then effectively and accurately help the child or adult with the disorder.
Harnessing Life Skills
Life skills are behaviors used appropriately and responsibly in the management of personal affairs. They are a set of human skills acquired via teaching or direct experience. These skills are used to handle problems and questions encountered in daily human life. In other words, any skill that is useful in your life can be considered a life skill. Tying your shoelaces, swimming, driving a car, and using a computer are, for most people, useful life skills
Life skills are usually associated with managing and living a better quality of life. They help us to accomplish our ambitions and live to our full potential.
Here are a set of skills that experts think that all kids will need to succeed, no matter the career choice.
To get ahead in a competitive world, your child will need to be able to think critically, observe, analyze, and come up with smart solutions to complex dilemmas.
Playing Well With Others/ Teamwork
The most successful companies know how to hire the best people and get them to work towards a common goal. The purpose of doing group projects is that it teaches kids the value of teamwork. As they toil together, kids learn self-control (how not to meltdown when classmates decide to take a different track), diplomacy (how to urge on a slacker without name-calling), empathy (how to take a teammate’s feelings into account), and time-management (how to finish on time).
Handling Exam Anxiety
Exam or Test anxiety is a combination of physiological over-arousal, tension, and somatic symptoms. These get coupled with worry, dread, fear of failure, and catastrophizing, creating stress and anxiety before or during test situations. It is a physiological condition in which people experience extreme stress, anxiety, and discomfort during and/or before taking a test.
This anxiety creates significant barriers to learning and performance. Research suggests that high levels of emotional distress have a direct correlation to reduced academic performance and higher overall student drop-out rates. Test anxiety can have broader consequences, negatively affecting a student’s social, emotional, and behavioral development, as well as their thoughts about themselves and school.
Test anxiety can also be labeled as anticipatory anxiety, situational anxiety, or evaluation anxiety. Some anxiety is normal and often helpful to stay mentally and physically alert. When one experiences too much anxiety, however, it can result in emotional or physical distress, difficulty concentrating, and emotional worry. Inferior performance arises not because of intellectual problems or poor academic preparation, but because testing situations create a sense of threat for those experiencing test anxiety; anxiety resulting from the sense of threat then disrupts attention and memory function.
Researchers suggest that between 25 to 40 percent of students experience test anxiety. Students who experience test anxiety tend to be easily distracted during a test, experience difficulty with comprehending relatively simple instructions, and have trouble organizing or recalling relevant information.
Self Motivation for Success
A self-motivated person is someone who is motivated without any kind of external pressure, even deriving pleasure in performing an activity. It is a person who acts, behaves in a manner that is beneficial for his general well-being.
A self-motivated person is a person who has understood the relationship between his actions and behavior and his well-being and acts accordingly.
The conditions that bring about self-motivation are:
- Follow your passion
Choose an activity in which you are interested and you value as being worthy. When you follow your passion your energy will be joyfully focused on the task at hand. You will reach peak performances in activities that you enjoy doing.
- Seek out new activities
Continuously exploring new activities will demand stretching out your capabilities and learning new skills. You will have lifetime enjoyment and vitality.
- Challenge your competencies
It is further noted that activities that challenge our competencies support motivation. However, the challenge has to be perceived as reachable. Too difficult challenges can kill enthusiasm.
Exceptionally, for some people the bigger the challenge, the more motivated they are.
- Seek out environments
where you have support for the autonomy of action or move away from environments that do not support your autonomy. When you set your own goals, direction, pace, and evaluation, you are more creative and engaged. This enhances your performance and builds your self-esteem.
- Faith in life
Self-motivation also comes from a person’s worldview, meaning whether a person has faith in life or sees life as being unfair, difficult, or distorted. A person who believes in the positive outcome by abiding to a certain number of rules will be self-motivated.