Updated May 28th, 2024 at 00:09 IST

Fahadh Faasil Discloses His Battle With ADHD: Know Symptoms, Treatment Options

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that impacts brain development and function, affecting both the nervous system and cognitive abilities.

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Renowned Malayalam actor Fahadh Faasil recently opened up about his mental health, revealing that he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) at the age of 41. The actor made this revelation during the inauguration of Peace Valley School in Kothamangalam, a facility dedicated to rehabilitating children with special needs. Fahadh expressed his full support for the institution and its mission.

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that impacts brain development and function, affecting both the nervous system and cognitive abilities. According to Healthline, ADHD is usually present from birth and, if untreated, can interfere with learning and the achievement of developmental milestones. While the exact cause of ADHD remains unknown, a combination of genetic, environmental, and neurological factors is believed to contribute to its onset.

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Symptoms of ADHD

ADHD manifests through symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, which can vary in intensity and combination among individuals. In adults, untreated ADHD can lead to significant challenges in daily functioning, both at home and in the workplace.

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Symptoms of Inattention

Difficulty focusing on details
Trouble sustaining attention
Problems completing tasks
Avoidance of challenging tasks
Easily distracted and forgetful

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Symptoms of Hyperactivity-Impulsivity

Fidgeting or restlessness
Inability to stay seated
Excessive talking
Interrupting others
Difficulty waiting for turns

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ADHD treatment

The goal of ADHD treatment is to reduce symptoms and improve daily functioning. This is typically achieved through a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle modifications.

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Medication options

Stimulants: These medications, such as Adderall, Vyvanse, and Ritalin, are commonly prescribed and work by increasing levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain, which help improve attention and reduce hyperactivity and impulsivity.

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Nonstimulants: Nonstimulant medications, including Strattera, Kapvay, and Intuniv, alter the levels of specific neurotransmitters in the brain and are used to manage symptoms like impulsivity and inattention.

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Published May 27th, 2024 at 22:39 IST