Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral disorder that affects children, adolescents and adults. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, ADHD is a common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood.
Three Subtypes Of ADHD
- Most symptoms (six or more) are in the hyperactivity-impulsivity categories.
- Fewer than six symptoms of inattention are present, although inattention may still be present.
- The majority of symptoms (six or more) are in the inattention category and fewer than six symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity are present, although hyperactivity-impulsivity may still be present.
- Children with this subtype are less likely to act out or have difficulties getting along with other children. They may sit quietly, but they are not paying attention to what they are doing. Therefore, the child may be overlooked, and parents and teachers may not notice that he or she has ADHD.
Cobined Hyperactive-Impulsive And Inattentive
- Six or more symptoms of inattention and six or more symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity are present.
- Most children have the combined type of ADHD.
Signs And Symptoms Of ADHD
The three core symptoms of ADHD are inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity
- Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work or other activities
- Has difficulty sustaining attention to task or play activities
- Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
- Does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish work
- Has difficulty organizing tasks and activities
- Avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort
- Loses things necessary for tasks or activities
- Is easily distracted
- Puts things off until the last minute
- Shifts activities often
- Fidgets with hands and feet or squirms in seat
- Leaves seat in the classroom or in other situations in which remaining seated is expected
- Runs about or climbs excessively in situations in which it is inappropriate (In adolescents or adults may be limited to subjective feelings of restlessness)
- Has difficulty engaging and leisure activity quietly
- Is “on the go” or acts as if “driven by a motor”
- Talks excessively
- Has difficulty sustaining attention to reading or paperwork
- May be impatient, or restless, or have difficulty engaging in quiet activities
- May always need to be busy after school or work or while on vacation
- Blurts out answers before questions have been completed
- Has difficulty awaiting turn
- Interrupts or intrudes on others
ADHD Is Not Just A Childhood Disorder
If you are an adult with ADHD, you are not alone. It is estimated that more than 50 million Americans have ADHD, and about 10 million of these are estimated to be adults aged 18 and older. Many adults with ADHD were originally diagnosed as children. In fact, nearly 50% of children with ADHD continue to have ADHD symptoms as adults; however, the symptoms may appear somewhat differently in adults.
When To Seek Help For Adult ADD / ADHD
If the symptoms of ADD/ADHD are still getting in the way of your life, despite self-help efforts to manage them, it may be time to seek professional assistance. Adults with ADD/ADHD can benefit from a number of treatments, including behavioral coaching, individual therapy, self-help groups, vocational counseling, educational assistance, and medication.
Treatment for adults with attention deficit disorder, like treatment for kids, should involve a team of professionals, along with the persons family members and/or spouse. Our professionals have been trained and are experienced in diagnosing and treating ADD/ADHD.
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- Control impulsive behaviors
- Manage your time and money
- Get and stay organized
- Boost productivity at home and work
- Manage stress and anger
- Communicate more clearly
Contact us today at 615-385-4090 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment for your child, your spouse or yourself if you are concerned that symptoms of ADHD/ADD are diminishing the quality of your life or the life of someone you love.