Sunday 19 May 2019

Shine a light – understanding ADHD

On 31 October 2018 the video ‘Shine a light – understanding ADHD’ is being released. This short documentary is about what ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder) is all about, both from a personal and from a clinical perspective.

This initiative aims to help young people and adults diagnosed with ADHD, or who suspect they have ADHD, as well as their family and friends, to understand the condition better. It also hopes to raise funding for more research to better understand ADHD.

“Understanding the nature of the problem is going to reduce stigma and reduce blame and it’s going to reduce self-stigma and self-blame,” according to Professor Eric Taylor, child and adolescent psychiatrist at King’s College, London.

This video coincides with the last day of the international ADHD awareness month and was created through the collaboration between four EU-funded, international consortia of researchers that are investigating ADHD and its origins – MiND, Aggressotype, CoCA and Eat2BeNICE – and 4QFilms.

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ADHD is a complex disorder that affects people differently. Generally, people experience problems in daily life, especially with respect to controlling attention, impulses and emotions. At the same time, people with ADHD enjoy creativity and positive energy. Medication is effective for many people with ADHD, but not for all. A downside of the medication is that it needs to be taken every day, and it does not cure someone from the disorder. Other types of treatment should therefore also be offered and investigated.

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