Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is a brain-based disorder that’s often diagnosed in childhood. It affects a person’s ability to stay focused and control their impulses. Some people with the disorder are energetic and impulsive, while others are primarily inattentive and disorganized. (This condition used to be called attention deficit disorder, or ADD, but is actually a type of ADHD). Others show combined symptoms of hyperactivity and inattention. All three types of ADHD are associated with distractibility and forgetfulness.
As of 2016, 6.1 million American kids ages 2 and 11 (or 11 percent of all kids) were diagnosed with ADHD, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. The majority of these kids are 12 to 17, but the number of children ages 2-5 who’ve been diagnosed increased by more than 50 percent in just a few years. In 2011, the CDC put the number of adults with ADHD at 11 percent. Research hasn’t pinpointed the exact causes of ADHD, but it’s likely a combination of genetics and environment.
For treatment in kids 6 and over, doctors typically recommend medication — stimulants and non-stimulants — or behavioral therapy, and sometimes both. For some adults, antidepressants can help. And while these treatments don’t cure ADHD, they can make the symptoms more manageable. If pharmaceutical medication isn’t an option, clinical studies suggest cannabis could be successful treatment for people looking for an alternative. cannabisMD offers a wide range of information on natural treatments like CBD, hemp oil, and marijuana that could help alleviate symptoms associated with ADHD.