Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

image of child experiencing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity DisorderAttention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a psychiatric disorder of the neurodevelopment type where issues related to acting out impulsively, paying attention, or simply being overly hyper that are not appropriate for the child’s age. These issues sometime result in poor performance in school. Studies indicate that 1 to 5 percent of children are diagnosed with ADHD and boys are three times more likely to be diagnosed with it than girls. About 40% of the children, who are diagnosed with it, will continue to have the issues throughout adulthood.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is normally treated using counseling / therapy, medication, and adjustments to lifestyle. However, medication is not normally introduced unless improvement does not occur with the use of counseling. Additionally, medication is not used unless symptoms are moderate or above. The good news is that many children under this diagnosis are able to develop coping skills which aid them in living a productive life with little or no related issues.

Adult Attention Hyperactivity Disorder, sometimes referred to as Adult ADHD, Adult ADD, or ADHD in Adults is a neurobiological condition of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The three versions of ADHD are inattentive, hyperactive/impulsive, and combined. Adult attention deficit disorder (AADD) is normally related to an adult procrastinating, being unorganized, finishing work, or being inattentive. This sometimes creates life programs related to relationships, work, and finances.

It does appear that AADD can be inherited; normally symptoms are seen in childhood, prior to age 7. With adults, treatment of ADHD is sometimes treated with a combination of skills training, life coaching, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and medication.

Inattentive-type (ADHD-I)

Hyperactive/Impulsive-type (ADHD-H)

In children:

  • Forgetfulness throughout the day
  • Easily distracted
  • Unable to keep up with things such as school supplies
  • Not hearing their name being called
  • Can not focus
  • Does not like to concentrate for long periods of time
  • Makes mistakes due to not listening to directions
  • Unable to organize tasks and projects
  • Attention Seeking
  • Issues with homework and chores
In children:

  • Squirms and fidgets with hands or feet
  • Unable to sit still
  • Unable to play quietly or rest
  • Excessive talking
  • Constantly running or climbing
  • Always in motion
  • Does not like to wait for their turn
  • Calls out answers
  • Interrupts conversations or gets in to the space of others

 

 

 

In adults, these evolve into:

  • Does not like jobs or tasks that require concentration
  • Procrastinates Often
  • Difficulty starting tasks
  • Difficulty organizing tasks that require details
  • Difficulty remembering details required to conduct a task
  • Struggles with multitasking
  • Unable to manage time
  • Indecisiveness and doubtful
  • Unable to execute
  • Difficulty completing tasks
  • Unable to focus on one task at a time.
In adults:

  • Prefers jobs that are active in stimulating.
  • Does not volunteer for jobs that are not hands on.
  • Likes working long hours or two jobs
  • Wants to be active constantly
  • Bored easily
  • Impatient
  • Irritated easily, frustrated often
  • Makes decisions on impulsive, quick decisions along with behaviors that are irresponsible
  • Easily looses temper, becomes angry quickly

 

 

 

This article is a brief summary of a diagnosis for informational purposes only. If you suspect that you or someone that you know may have a mental or behavioral health condition, you should consult a licensed professional. Trinity Harbor Therapeutic Services located in Coral Springs, Florida offers a free phone consultation by a licensed clinical therapist.

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