Service & Interaction Designer




ADHD and Well-being

Category : Uncategorized · by Sep 28th, 2014

“The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual
The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community”

William James

With this powerful quote I started my desk research on my project few days ago. Apart from learning about what ADHD is? I also learnt – whom does it affect, what are the symptoms, diagnosis, private & social costs?

Based on my research, ADHD are differently expressed and the level of diagnosis varies. Some are primarily inattentive, while others are very troubled by hyperactivity and impulsivity. The degree of symptoms also varies greatly from person to person. In most cases it is hereditary therefore people are born with ADHD. ADHD is a life long condition.

Rapid increase in the recent years in the number of people diagnosed with a mental illness raises a number of questions. It is unclear whether the increase is due to an increased public and professional recognition and awareness of mental illness as a debating human condition or to an actual increase in the incidence of individuals suffering form a mental illness.

I am currently reading a research paper published in Rockwool foundation regarding the econometric challenges by cost analysis study group for ADHD.

The goal of the this study paper, is to describe a number of methodological issues that needed to be taken into account in providing an answer to these questions by estimating costs in relation to a long list of indicators measured over the course of an individual’s lifetime: educations attainment, occupational status, income, family situation, criminal record, health, etc.

The baseline results indicate that individuals who have been diagnosed with ADHD later in life have weaker performance. I also learnt in the research paper that Danish households with children with ADHD are found to be more unstable.
Some of the findings that caught my attention are Individuals with ADHD are more likely to be unable to stop themselves from committing a crime that those without ADHD. Moreover, ADHD has a direct effect on education.

With the incredible findings from my research paper, I have also been reading about social change in design and crowd well-being. Pollard and Lee (who have also written elaborately on child well-being) claimed to identify five distinct domains of well-being which are physical psychological, cognitive, social and economic. The studies of well-being have primarily focused on the subjective and individual well being. Subjective wellbeing reflects on individual’s unique experience.

I also came across Sheldon’s new hierarchy of needs illustrating well-being.

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