Mental Health Spotlight: ADHD  
Mental Health Spotlight

Resources listed are for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose or treat a condition without the guidance of a mental health professional. If you or someone you know is having a mental health emergency, please call 911 or Colorado Crisis Services at 1.844.493.TALK. 
 
Hey teens! Interested in mental health? 
 
Each month the Aurora Public Library focuses on a different topic related to mental health. Swing by the Central branch teen area to browse YA novels and nonfiction. Whether you or someone you know is living with a mental health issue, or you merely are interested in the topic, APL has information, resources, and reading materials for you. 
 
Remember, your mental health matters. 
 
This month’s Mental Health Spotlight is on ADHD.  

Photo of Teen Resources book display at Central Library; titles include young adult titles about ADHD
 
ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is a condition marked by patterns of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with daily functioning.  

The National Institute of Mental Health describes the three categories of symptoms: 
“Inattention means a person wanders off task, lacks persistence, has difficulty sustaining focus, and is disorganized; and these problems are not due to defiance or lack of comprehension. 
Hyperactivity means a person seems to move about constantly, including in situations in which it is not appropriate; or excessively fidgets, taps or talks. In adults, it may be extreme restlessness or wearing others out with constant activity. 
Impulsivity means a person makes hasty actions that occur in the moment without first thinking about them and that may have a high potential for harm, or a desire for immediate rewards or inability to delay gratification. An impulsive person may be socially intrusive and excessively interrupt others or make important decisions without considering the long-term consequences.” 
 
About ADHD:  
ADHD in Teens
Everything You Need to Know About ADHD
 
Relatable + Helpful Articles:  
Sometimes ADHD has an unfortunate stigma attached with it. Here’s a handful of common misconceptions regarding ADHD: it only impacts children, it isn’t a real disorder, people who have ADHD are just lazy or easily distracted, ADHD is overly and recklessly diagnosed, you can grow out of ADHD… to name a few.  
This is NOT true! ADHD is a real medical condition that can severely impact a person’s life.  

Check out these relatable and helpful articles regarding ADHD: 
19 Truths People With ADHD Wish Others Understood
23 Times Tumblr Nailed What It's Like To Have ADHD
What is EFT Tapping, and Can It Calm the ADHD Brain 
35 Things People With ADHD Want Everyone Else To Know 
17 Unfortunate Realities Of Having ADHD
What is EFT Tapping, and Can It Calm the ADHD Brain
TikTok Creators Show the “Real” ADHD
29-Year-Old Artist With ADHD Explains This Mental Disorder In 23 Comics
ADHD Coping Strategies You Haven’t Tried Yet
 
Explore Young Adult novels that address ADHD: 

For more resources for all ages, visit the nonfiction department at your local library and look for the call numbers 616 & 618. Resources are also available at Aurora Mental Health
 
Check back in August for our next Mental Health Spotlight! 
Posted by svanholb@auroragov.org On 06 July, 2021 at 11:42 AM  

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