Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that affects those who have been diagnosed, and everyone around them. As many as 11 percent of children between 4 and 17 years old receive an ADHD diagnosis in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Whether you’re a child struggling in school, a parent trying to support their kid the best way possible, or an adult faced with a new diagnosis, dealing with ADHD requires support and understanding. The following videos are all valuable resources you can use to educate yourself or those around you, or gain a sense of support and community.
4 New Facts About ADHD
In this clip, Kati Morton walks through changes and new additions to the criteria that doctors use to diagnose ADHD, as outlined in DSM-5, the diagnosis manual used by psychology professionals. This is a great primer for parents who suspect their kid may have ADHD, because it outlines the new age and scenario requirements doctors now use to diagnose the condition.
10 Things Only People with Attention Problems Understand
Unfinished texts, the inability to focus, forgetfulness, Adderall struggles, and the disdain of hearing people say, “Maybe I have ADHD” time and time again. This quick, hilarious video from BuzzFeed is a relatable look at what it's like living with ADHD.
ADHD Child vs. Non-ADHD Child Interview
One of these kids has ADHD, and the other doesn’t. Can you guess which is which? That’s the premise behind this affecting video from My Little Villagers, which sheds some light on how the general lack of ADHD awareness can impact a child's social interactions, school life, and overall happiness.
ADHD Sucks, But Not Really
This TEDx Talk from Salif Mahamane, a doctoral student in experimental and applied psychology, doesn't present ADHD as an obstacle or disability. Instead, Mahamane discusses the benefits of ADHD, and how it should be seen as a different way of thinking, not a flaw. For people who are repeatedly made to feel that their ADHD makes them bad at being a student or colleague, this video is a great reminder of how your differences may be your strengths.
How to Know if You Have ADHD
Undiagnosed people who use ADHD as an excuse for their behavior drive Ryan Higa up the wall, even more so than being told people with ADHD use their diagnosis as an excuse. In this funny video, Higa walks through a series of common daily issues people with ADHD experience, whether it's awkward conversations or going to the kitchen for one thing and coming back with something else.
The Unofficial ADHD Test for Adults
This video from TotallyADD is equal parts funny and informational, and it's designed as a fun way to determine whether or not you have ADHD. The moderator quickly rattles off situations for which you should reward yourself a point. The more points you have at the end of the video, the more likely it is that you have ADHD. But, at 20 minutes, it will take some serious focus to make it to the end of this clip.
What it's Like Living with ADHD
Because much attention is given to children with ADHD, we sometimes forget that there are some 8 million adults living with the condition, too. This clip from Katie Couric takes a close look at what it’s like to live with ADHD as an adult. Real people who have the condition talk about how it affects their relationships with their children, friends, and loved ones, and how those people perceive them.