"I've Had ADHD Since Childhood," reveals gymnast Simone Biles
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ) is a neurobiological disorder that appears in childhood and that in most cases accompanies the individual throughout life. This is the case of the American gymnast Simone Biles, 19, who was the great star of the last Olympics in Rio 2016.
"I have ADHD and it's not a shame to medicate myself for that, I'm not afraid people know," she said after be included in the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) Therapeutic Use Exemption Program (TUE).
Athletes who need to use any medication, whether continuous or not, and not authorized by the Anti-Doping Code, should continue their treatment after obtaining Therapeutic Use Exemption, a
In order to grant the release, the World Anti-Doping Agency examines whether the athlete will have his health affected without the medication, whether the remedy will not improve the competitor's performance, if there are no alternative treatment options, "I have had ADHD since I was a child Please know that I am in favor of clean sports, that I have always followed the rules and that I will continue to do so because fair play is fundamental in sport and is very important to me, "wrote Biles, who owns four gold medals (jumping, general, solo and general staff) and a bronze medal (Olympic traverse).
What is ADHD - Attention Deficit Disorder ADHD is a neurobiological disorder and is characterized by the combination of symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity (motor restlessness), and impulsivity being the predominantly inattentive presentation known by many as ADH (Attention Deficit Disorder).
According to the Brazilian Association of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), the prevalence of ADHD ranges from 3 to 5% of children in Brazil and in several countries in the world where the disorder has already been studied. In adults, prevalence is estimated at approximately 4%. According to the DSM-5, population surveys suggest that ADHD occurs in most cultures in about 5% of children and 2.5% of adults.
According to the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th Ed , ADHD is more frequent in males than in females in the general population, at a ratio of 2: 1 in children and 1.6: 1 in adults, with a higher chance of females presenting primarily with characteristics of inattention compared to males.
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