Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the preferred medical term for the biologically-based neurological condition once known as ADD. The symptoms will fall into one of three quantifying categories:
- Primarily Inattentive - disorganization, lack of focus, forgetfulness
- Primarily Hyperactive - Impulsive - Hyper, constantly on the move
Inattentive children with this disorder can appear spacey and apathetic, while adults may present with symptoms that appear more like a mood disorder or anxiety. Those with the hyperactive type of ADHD may appear to bounce off the walls and have lots of energy. But, this description only fits a small percentage of sufferers. Adults and children with ADHD can also have a more calm demeanor. There is no one personality type that is more likely to have the disorder, since there are many factors involved. For example, the research suggests that genes are a major factor.
ADHD can have a range of cascading effects for all ages. For example, kids or adults who have it, may have trouble with impulsivity and appear to have a lack of patience in conversations, interrupting others. They also may have trouble managing money, due to impulsive decision-making. Both children and adults with the disorder may also easily lose track of time by getting distracted when completing tasks due to daydreaming, electronic usage, TV, or a variety of other distractions. They may be chronically late, not understanding how to allow the proper amount of time to get ready and arrive somewhere on time.
If you or your child is exhibiting any of the above behaviors or symptoms, an evaluation may be necessary to determine if ADHD is present. There is help - it's very treatable. Please contact us for an initial ADHD Assessment today!