What is ADD/HD?
The exact definition of what makes up Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder are rather controversial, however most professionals agree on the fact that it is based on both psychological and physiological factors, affecting the ability to concentrate, complete tasks and live a normal everyday life. Individuals diagnosed with ADD/HD may have multiple learning disabilities, may exhibit various impulsive behaviors, can have all around low self-esteem and anxiety. People with ADD/HD may have troubles with family relationships and poor social relationships as well. It is important to understand that there is not one approach that will work for everyone – every situation is different.
There are many Attention Deficit Disorder Symptoms that could be linked to other disorders, therefore getting the right information is key. Ask your doctor and/ or therapist for specifics when diagnosed with ADD/HD
Predominantly inattentive type symptoms may include:
- Be easily distracted, miss details, forget things, and frequently switch from one activity to another
- Have difficulty maintaining focus on one task
- Become bored with a task after only a few minutes, unless doing something enjoyable
- Have difficulty focusing attention on organizing and completing a task or learning something new or trouble completing or turning in homework assignments, often losing things (e.g., pencils, toys, assignments) needed to complete tasks or activities
- Not seem to listen when spoken to
- Daydream, become easily confused, and move slowly
- Have difficulty processing information as quickly and accurately as others
- Struggle to follow instructions.
Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type symptoms may include:
- Fidget and squirm in their seats
- Dash around, touching or playing with anything and everything in sight
- Talk nonstop
- Trouble sitting still during dinner, school, and story time
- Constantly in motion
- Difficulty doing quiet tasks or activities.
- Very impatient
- Blurt out inappropriate comments, show their emotions without restraint, and act without regard for consequences
- Difficulty waiting for things they want or waiting their turns in games