ADHD

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, combined or inattentive type (ADD/ADHD)

may include symptoms in 1,2 or all 3 areas

 Symptoms/behaviors

   

Inattention

  • Often has a hard time paying attention, daydreams
  • Often does not seem to listen
  • Is easily distracted even when doing something fun
  • Often does not seem to care about details, makes careless mistakes
  • Frequently does not follow through on instructions or finish tasks
  • Is disorganized
  • Frequently loses or forgets things such as homework or textbooks
  • Frequently avoids doing things that require ongoing mental effort
   

Hyperactivity

  • Is in constant motion, as if "driven by a motor"
  • Cannot stay seated
  • Frequently squirms and fidgets
  • Talks too much
  • Feels restless
   

Impulsivity

  • Frequently acts and speaks without thinking
  • Frequently has trouble taking turns
  • Cannot wait for things
  • Often calls out answers before the question is complete
  • Frequently interrupts other people’s conversations

 

 ADHD is both over-diagnosed and under-diagnosed

  • People can appear inattentive, impulsive and/or hyperactive because of frustration due to learning differences, depression/anxiety, extreme stress, etc.
  • Highly functioning, bright individuals are able to compensate for their ADHD by choosing activities that minimize need for increased attention, are “smart enough” to do “well enough” until job/school requires more detailed work

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