ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
Best ADHD Videos of 2013
Best ADHD Videos of 2013
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is characterized by fidgeting and a lack of attention span. Some with ADHD may even start tasks without finishing them. According to the National Institutes of Health, ADHD affects three to five percent of children in the United States. Many of those affected carry symptoms through adulthood. Check out these 10 ADHD videos to get an in-depth overview of the disorder and learn ways you can get help.
Caroline Young Stand-Up "ADHD"
Stand-up comedian Caroline Young has a humorous take on ADHD. Young has the disorder herself. In this video clip, she points out the embarrassment that many adult ADHD patients have over their diagnosis. Young goes on to joke that it’s less embarrassing to be a drug addict. But embarrassment isn’t the intended message of this video; the underlying message behind the humor is that you’re not alone in your struggles.
One Cheetah’s Fight Against ADHD
Animals with Low Self-Esteem uses a fast-moving cheetah as a metaphor for ADHD. This lighthearted clip chronicles one cheetah’s inability to stay calm in his fast-paced world of constant hunting and environmental changes. You’ll appreciate the humor behind the cheetah’s troubles, as well as the parallels between his struggles and some of your own. As a bonus, you’ll learn how you can send the cheetah to college.
Harlem Shake with My ADHD Support Group
While ADHD can cause attention problems, many people with the disorder are considered highly creative. This helped spawn the “Harlem Shake” from Totally ADD. There’s just one major flaw in the video: other core individuals behind the idea forgot to show up at the taping session. The “Harlem Shake” takes a hilarious look at the aspects of ADHD/ADD that can affect everyday situations. At the end of the clip, you’ll likely be “shaking” with laughter!
March of the ADHD Penguins
Totally ADD takes another humorous look at ADHD with this penguin parody. Watch as the narrator, who plays Morgan Freeman, attempts to chronicle the penguins’ tough journey through the Arctic, only to be distracted and discuss his other thoughts throughout the clip. On a serious note, watching this video can also give you a real look into the thought processes of someone with ADHD.
ADHD: Setting the Record Straight
While ADHD has a lighter side, sometimes it’s not so funny. In this DNews clip, Trace Dominguez uses a light tone to describe some of the facts about the disorder. You’ll learn that ADHD is classified in three forms: attentive, impulsive, and hyperactive. On top of that, you can gain insight into the history of the disorder, and how it was wrongly classified as “mental derangement” in the 1700s. The video asserts that increased awareness has led to the uptick in diagnoses. Take a few minutes and learn the medical challenges of ADHD, including possible drug addiction.
Flynn Pharma ADHD Explainer
Many ADHD videos are aimed towards adults. This leaves out the largest group of diagnosed patients: children. Motion Worx created “Flynn Pharma ADHD Explainer” with children ages 6 to 12 in mind. Metaphors, such as a postman delivering letters as messages between brain cells, can help this age group better understand the condition. Watch this video with your kids to learn more about the symptoms of the disorder, as well as their causes.
Overcoming ADHD and Learning Disabilities
Produced by ACE Clinics, this video chronicles the experiences of one family who had success with the clinic’s program for a young boy with ADHD. Some of the improved issues including lack of focus, speaking before thinking it out first, and an inability to wait. The clinic used by the family specializes in treatment through cognitive therapy rather than medication. It’s important to discuss all methods of treatment with your doctor before switching ADHD therapies.
Let Me Be Your Camera – Understanding ADHD
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with ADHD, you likely have a lot of questions. Made for both kids and adults in mind, this ADHD video takes a brief, yet in-depth look at the myths and facts. With a concise overview and definition of key ADHD terms, this video is essential for anyone wanting to know the basics about this disorder.
ADHD as a Difference in Cognition, Not a Disorder
ADHD is commonly referred to as a brain disorder, but there are other takes on it. This 13-minute film by TEDxTalks asserts that ADHD is simply categorized by differences in function, and not a disordered way of thinking. It chronicles a speech made by student, film maker, writer, and ADHD patient Stephen Tonti. Be prepared to be inspired, and experience your own differences in thinking, when you watch his speech.
I Have ADHD and I Am…
When discussing ADHD, sometimes the medical facts overtake the human side of the disorder. In “I Have ADHD and I Am…” ADHD Aware puts a face to the disorder for a true understanding of the condition. The short video features patients of all ages and sexes. All participants discuss the roles they play in a positive, successful tone. This includes family roles, extracurricular successes, professional duties, and creative pursuits. If you don’t know what ADHD “looks like,” take a moment and see for yourself through this powerful video.
Start the Discussion
After watching these 10 short videos, you should feel more confident about discussing the disorder with your loved ones and doctor. ADHD can be stressful for all parties involved, but you’re not alone and there is plenty of help. From behavioral therapy, to simple lifestyle changes at home, you can successful manage symptoms and live a healthy, fulfilling life
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. (n.d.). National Institutes of Health. Retrieved November 7, 2013, from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/attentiondeficithyperactivitydisorder.html