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Jun 7, 2019

Understanding ADHD, a Neurological Condition

June is being recognized countrywide as ADHD Month and is being used to create awareness on the neurological condition known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is organized by the Belize Brain Awareness Society which is a non-profit, started by a Belmopan teacher. While there are a number of activities that will be held throughout the month, the organization is getting support from Clinical Psychologist Deshane Gutierrez, who is giving a three hundred-dollar discount on a comprehensive assessment for persons who may want to find out if they have ADHD. Gutierrez says dispels the myth that misbehaving children have ADHD.

 

Deshane Gutierrez

Deshane Gutierrez, Clinical Psychologist, Buttonwood Bay Medical Centre

“Some people believe that when a child is hyper or inattentive, that they are just misbehaving and often times people more look at the person who is hyper and impulse more than person who has the inattentive type. So there are three types of ADHD: there is the inattentive type, the hyper activity/impulsive type and then the combination. So the hyperactivity type is the one that people are more aware of because of the hyperness, the fidgeting and all that. And they often assume the parent isn’t disciplining them enough or the child is doing it just to seek attention. And the child that has the inattentive type, often time they get undiagnosed or they don’t even come in for assessment because they just think that the child is probably lazy, not focusing enough and so they don’t really get the assessment. Then there is the combined type. They usually will come in because they are having academic difficulties because they are inattentive and hyperactive—those are the ones that people notice fast, easily. ADHD is a neurological disorder and that’s one of the reasons why the Brain Awareness Society wants to focus on it because it is about the brain; it is something that the person cannot control. It’s an executive functioning so it is a part of the brain that focuses with self control, self regulation, problem solving skills and all that. So if you are having a neurological issue with that aspect, then it is hard for you to behave.”


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