ADD & ADHD

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral disorder identified by a combination of inattentiveness, distractibility, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior.  Symptoms include: trouble with attention to tasks, forgetfulness in daily activities, difficulties in organizing and organization, and following through.  Hyperactivity symptoms include: restlessness, fidgetiness, talking fast, talking or interrupting others excessively and being impulsive.

ADHD is often identified early in life and manifests through behavioral problems in school, or trouble understanding, completing tasks or being easily distracted by others.  Untreated ADHD may have long-term negative effects on academic performance, vocational success, social-emotional development, and relationships with others.  ADHD is one of the most common mental disorders affecting children, however ADHD also affects many adults.

     Attention-Deficit disorder (ADD) is a neurobehavioral disorder causing a continuous pattern of difficulties resulting in one or more of the following behaviors: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.  Inattention is described as trouble attending or focusing on a specific task.  People with ADD may become distracted within a few minutes.  Inattentive behavior may also cause problems with staying organized (i.e., losing things), keeping track of time, completing tasks, and making careless errors.  Hyperactivity ADHD is described as difficulty inhibiting behavior.  Individuals are in constant motion.  They may engage in leg swinging, excessing fiddling, and squirming in their chair.  Impulsivity is described as difficulty controlling impulses.  These individuals do not stop and think before they act.  They speak and do whatever comes into their mind without thinking about the consequences.  Inappropriate things may be said and individuals regret it later.  People with ADHD have trouble waiting for their turn in line.

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