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Fahadh Faasil opens up about ADHD diagnosis at 41

Fahadh Faasil and ADHD

Famous actor Fahadh Faasil, currently enjoying the success of his movies ‘Aavesham, has recently shared serious information about his health. The truth came out when talking to the people during the inauguration of Peace Valley School in Kothamangalam that brings up children suffering from special needs including special education needs and child psychosocial rehabilitation. Faasil confessed that he was diagnosed with the attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) when he was 41 years old.

Faasil explained that ADHD in adults is something that may not get much attention sometimes because people only associate this disorder with children. He therefore narrated an eye-opening experience he had at the school, where he asked a student if ADHD was curable. He found out this was so if the condition is diagnosed at a tender age then its management is more manageable than being diagnosed later in life as it was in his case. This discovery alerts a population of persons to ADHD, a deficiency that is often assumed to affect only children but indeed affects grown-ups as well.

The symptoms of ADHD are categorized into inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity:

Inattention: It is difficult to pay attention to tasks and/or maintain attention on tasks, make frequent mistakes, have problems in organizing tasks, avoid tasks requiring higher mental effort or plane, lose or misplace items often, get easily distracted, and forget things.

Hyperactivity-Impulsivity: Squirming, restlessness, excessive and/or sudden movement, loud non-directed motion, rough or boisterous play, talking when they are not supposed to, talking without permission or during appropriate times, fidgeting, waiting impatiently and rushing.

How can it be diagnosed?

ADHD can be diagnosed by using interviews that include a clinical interview of the patient and family, behavior rating scales and checklists of behavior problems, direct observation of the patient in different settings such as at home, at school, and during physical examinations to eliminate other disorders. While ADHD is not life-threatening, untreated ADHD can significantly impact academic, occupational, and social functioning. Effective management includes a combination of medication, behavioral therapy, educational support, and lifestyle changes.

Fahadh Faasil‘s openness about his ADHD diagnosis brings crucial attention to the condition, promoting awareness and encouraging others to seek help. His candidness can inspire many to address and manage their ADHD, demonstrating that with proper treatment, individuals can lead successful and fulfilling lives.

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