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What is ADHD?

Individuals with ADHD have a life-long neurodevelopmental condition that affects their brain’s reward centre and executive functions at varying levels. However, which part, how and at what level the reward centre and executive functions are affected varies amongst individuals. 

Research has grouped the most common presentations of ADHD into three types: inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, and a combination of inattention, and hyperactivity and impulsivity. With ADHD affecting 1 in 20 Australians, it’s important for those living with ADHD and those who support them to understand the strengths and challenges of their neurodiverse brain.  

Some ADHD-related strengths include

  1. Being energetic. For those with hyperactivity, they can learn to channel their extra energy towards enjoyable activities, such as sports, music, study, or work.  
  2. Being able to turn their impulsivity into spontaneity. For those with impulsivity control issues, they can be more open to new experiences and break free from the status quo.  
  3. Being creative and inventive. Their neurodiverse brain lends them a unique perspective that can lead to creative problem solving.  
  4. Having the superpower of being able to become hyper-focused. So, when given a task they are invested in they can work on it until completion without breaking concentration.  

However, Individuals with ADHD can struggle with anxiety, mood and emotional regulation, learning difficulties, addiction, and relationship difficulties and thus can benefit from additional support.  

Support at Curtin

Use the support network at Curtin University to learn how to effectively understand and manage your ADHD symptoms and tailor your practices to flourish with your neurodiverse brain. Professional confidentiality is taken seriously at Curtin’s Psychological and Counselling Services, so any information discussed will remain private unless you or others are in danger or if legally obligated to disclose.

Additional resources on ADHD