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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.

Inattention, Hyperactivity and Impulsivity: Inattention means a person wanders off task, lacks persistence, has difficulty sustaining focus, and is disorganized; and these problems are not due to defiance or lack of comprehension. Hyperactivity means a person seems to move about constantly, including in situations in which it is not appropriate; or excessively fidgets, taps, or talks. In adults, it may be extreme restlessness or wearing others out with constant activity. Impulsivity means a person makes hasty actions that occur in the moment without first thinking about them and that may have high potential for harm; or a desire for immediate rewards or inability to delay gratification. An impulsive person may be socially intrusive and excessively interrupt others or make important decisions without considering the long-term consequences.

The Purple Centre will carry out a 3 month programme to spread the awareness of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in various schools of Ahmedabad.

  1. The Purple Centre will approach the schools for allotment of time of their students and teachers for a lecture on ADHD. This would be given by a psychiatrist highlighting the salient features of the disorder, the symptoms, the treatment options along with their side effects and the implications of the treatment.
  2. For all the children from classes 1-10, there would be a scale administered for detecting ADHD. The results would be analyzed and the parents of the identified children would be given a lecture on ADHD and the treatment options.
  3. A cell would be set up in each school to help teachers and students with the problems of ADHD.
  4. The Purple Centre would act as a secondary referral center for these children.