ADHD: Why is my attention span so bad?

ADHD, also called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a behavior disorder, usually first diagnosed in early childhood but might come into discovery a lot later for others.  

It is characterized by the following traits:

  • Inattention
  • Impulsivity
  • Hyperactivity (in some cases)

These symptoms usually occur together; however, one may occur individually for many people. It is tough to understand ADHD as we live in a busy generation mostly multitasking between numerous tasks. Though it can be diagnosed with a slightly deeper analysis of our everyday lives, so we can understand our behavior patterns and work towards our goals with ease.

The reason behind ADHD: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is said to be genetic but the exact cause is unknown, even after being one of the most researched areas in child mental health. ADHD is a neurological disorder, in simpler words, it is a condition of the brain in which studies have found that the body is not able to produce enough dopamine (a neurotransmitter that helps us to feel motivated & focused).

Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: These are the most common ADHD symptoms. However, each child/adult may experience symptoms differently. 


  • Short attention span (difficulty in staying attentive & focused)
  • Forgetfulness
  • Difficulty attending to details/listening


  • Frequently interrupts others
  • The may have trouble waiting for their turn
  • Takes risks without thinking about consequences 


  • The body tends to be in a constant motion of restlessness without a reason/need
  • Excessive talking 
  • Facing challenges in being a part of quiet activities

How ADHD can affect both children & adults: Studies prove that the brain’s metabolism of people facing ADHD is lower in the areas of the brain that control the following:

  • Attention
  • Social judgment
  • Movement

Treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: ADHD though usually diagnosed in children, may continue into adulthood and be discovered at a later stage in life. A psychologist, a psychiatrist, or a neurologist can easily diagnose ADHD and suggest specific treatment based on numerous factors such as:

  • Medical history
  • Age
  • Severity of symptoms
  • Expectations for the course of the condition