It is a chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. ADHD often begins in childhood and can persist into adulthood. It may contribute to low self-esteem, troubled relationships and difficulty at school or work.
People with ADHD show an on-going pattern of 3 different types of symptoms.
- Difficulty in paying attention
- Being over active
- Acting without thinking
These symptoms get in the way of functioning or development. People who have ADHD have combinations of the following symptoms:
- Overlook or miss details, make careless mistakes in school work
- Have problems in sustaining attention in tasks or play, including conversation, lectures or lengthy reading
- Seems not to listen when spoken directly.
- Have problems in organizing tasks and activities.
- Avoid or dislike tasks that require sustained mental effort.
- They become easily distracted by unrelated thoughts or stimuli.
Signs of hyperactivity and impulsivity
- Fidgeting and squirming while seated
- Being unable to play or engage in hobbies quietly.
- Talking nonstop
- Having trouble waiting his or her turn.
- Interrupting or intruding on others.
ADHD is commonly treated with medication, education or training and by therapy.
Treatment for children and teens
Parents and teachers can help children and teens with ADHD stay organized and follow direction with tools such as keeping a routine and schedule, organizing everyday items using homework and note book. Giving praise or reward rules are followed.
A licensed mental health provider or therapist can help an adult with ADHD. Learn how to organize his/her life with tools such as keeping road lines and breaking down large tasks in to more manageable smaller tasks