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MHM: ADD vs ADHD

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Content Moderator Saturnia ūüĖ§
June 28th, 2021 1:21:52pm
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So, you've come back for another week of MHM with me! I'd like to say thank you! Thank you for taking the time to read these little blogs I post and for supporting me! I'm really enjoying learning with each of you and sharing these with each of you! 
As always, you can check the Health section of the forums for my previous weeks posts, hotline numbers that I've shared (and the lovely City shared for our UK peeps!), and for the monthly check in post! If you want to check in but be a little more anonymous, I created the google form where you can vent to your hearts content with no judgement : https://forms.gle/sk69ZkLBN2NWJxdn8 . 

 
This week - the focus is ADD and ADHD . So, let's crack into it!
 

ADD is the term commonly used to describe symptoms of poor memory, distractibility, or poor attention. ADHD is the term used to describe that plus the additional symptoms of hyper-activity and impulsivity. 
From the ADDitude website : 
" ADD symptoms in adults include trouble focusing on school work, habitually forgetting appointments, easily losing track of time, and struggling with executive functions. Patients with these symptoms may have what clinicians now call Predominantly Inattentive Type attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADD is an outdated term and no longer a medical diagnosis, though it is often still used to refer to a certain subset of symptoms that fall under the umbrella term, ADHD." 

Did you know that there are now 3 different types of ADHD? 
1. Primarily Inattentive ADHD (formerly known as ADD)
2. Hyperactive-impulsive ADHD
3. Combined Inattentive & Hyperactive-impulsive ADHD 

This website goes into further detail about the symptoms and has some free resources : https://www.additudemag.com/add-adhd-symptoms-difference/  . 


If you're more of a visual learner - this quick 1 minute video from AllHealthGo on youtube quickly explains the differences as well : https://youtu.be/e2FL-avDVAQ . 

Now, if you're like me and realllyyyy love a good TedTalk - this one is a great explaination as well as a pep talk : https://youtu.be/JiwZQNYlGQI  . 

Finally, here are some tips and tricks that some online resources have posted and that some of my friends found helpful! I am not diagnosed with ADHD (though I sometimes wonder..), but my brother is! So, this one is pretty familiar to me! 
- Advanced Psychiatric Associates website has some good tips : https://advancedpsychiatryassociates.com/resources/blog/strategies-for-adults-living-with-adhd/
- Limit your distractions! Turn off the cellphone/put it on do not disturb , turn off the tv , or if you're a student - sit in the front of the classroom. 
- Utilize tools that will help you stay organized and stay focused! Get a planner, use a calendar (digital or physical), make to-do lists! Turn sticky notes into your best friends! 
- Fidget toys! They are not just for children. I find these SO helpful! Squishmallows, toys that you can pop, fidget cubes.. these sort of mindless things can help keep your hands busy which in turn will help you focus! 
- Music. Lofi, ASMR, ambient worlds.. youtube is packed with great low-distraction sounds! Sometimes that helps me! Ironically enough, being half focused on multiple tasks allows me to get more things done in a timely manner. The music helps my brain to focus on the sounds and my task - instead of the million other things I'm interested in! 


 


HELPFUL HOTLINE NUMBERS :


1. Dating Abuse and Domestic Violence


loveisrespect: 1-866-331-9474


loveisrespect focuses on young adult relationships and hopes to end dating abuse. loveisrespect offers 24/7 help.


2. Depression and Suicide


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (24/7)


The Trevor Project: 866-488-7386 (24/7)


The Trevor Project offers support to the LGBTQ young adult community. Both of the hotlines provided offer 24/7 help.


There are also suicide hotlines specific to your area.


3. Eating Disorder Hotline


National Eating Disorder Association: 1-800-931-2237


NEDA offers help to a variety of eating disorders and hopes to "envision a world without eating disorders."¬†NEDA is available Monday through¬†Thursday, from 9 a.m.¬†‚Äst9 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m.¬†‚Äst5 p.m. (EST).


4. General Crisis


Crisis Text Line: Text SUPPORT to 741-741


The Crisis Text Line extends to everyone. Their goal "...is helping people move from a hot moment to a cool calm, guiding you to create a plan to stay safe and healthy. YOU = our priority." 24/7 help is available.


5. Mental Illness Hotline


National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-6264


NAMI provides treatment options and programs. They wish to "raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need."¬†The NAMI hotline is available every Monday through¬†Friday, from 10 a.m.¬†‚Äď 6 p.m.


6. Sexual Assault Hotline


Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network: 1-800-656-4673


RAINN is the "nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization."  Their goal is to provide options and programs to victims, in addition to finding ways of preventing sexual violence. RAINN offers 24/7 help.


7. Veterans Crisis Line


Veterans Association: 1-800-273-8255


The VA's focus is to help veterans of all ages adjust to the transition of coming back, in addition to helping with any mental health issues or relationships. The VA offers 24/7 help


Another thanks to City for providing this resource info for UK based players :
samaritans - 0808 164 0123


SANEline - 0300 304 7000


or the Nhs mental health can provide you with numbers similar to the crisis teams.


https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/mental-health/find-an-urgent-mental-health-helpline


for anyone in the UK, struggling with mental health. Anxiety, low moods and suicidal feelings.

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I hope this was helpful! I hope y'all enjoyed it! Let me know what topic you'd like to discuss for next week! 




 


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primrose ‚ÄĘ‚ÄĘ and her drummie babes
June 28th, 2021 2:25:11pm
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Love this one!


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goose ūüćď main| new layout
June 29th, 2021 1:51:59pm
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This is a great post. I am grateful for this community of care!




 

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Administrator ‚ú®~Broken Vow~‚ú®
June 29th, 2021 11:57:18pm
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Thanks Sat! :D




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