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ADHD is a chronic (long-term) mental health condition, affecting not only children but teens and adults as well. Fortunately, appropriate support and treatment can help those living with ADHD to reach their full potential. That’s why getting diagnosed and treated is so important.
To get started, consider watching this quick, 2-minute video from the Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada (CADDAC).
ADHD and mental health
What is mental health? It’s the health of the brain—and it affects every aspect of your life, including home, school or workplace and relationships. Coping with stress and living your life the way you want to live it is easier when you have good mental health. That’s another reason why getting diagnosed and treated is so important.
It’s common to have more than one mental health condition
85% of adults meet criteria for a comorbid condition and 70% of school-aged children with ADHD have at least one other mental health condition, such as anxiety or depression.
ADHD (also called ADD) stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which is a disorder that affects the brain. This simply means that the brain works differently compared to people without ADHD.
This part of the brain is involved with:
  • Attention
  • Organizing
  • Reviewing the past
  • Planning ahead
  • Memory
  • Time management
  • Social skills
All of these things are called "executive functioning skills."
This is a great place to start if you want to learn more about ADHD!
ADHD is one of the MOST under recognized, yet one of the MOST treatable mental health disorders in Canada. Learn more.
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