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You may have already read something in the news about Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). In recent years, increasing numbers of people have been given a diagnosis of ADHD, which means that more and more people are becoming interested in this disorder.

ADHD is a neurobehavioral disorder that is typically diagnosed during childhood but it is also found in adolescents and adults. Although many people (children in particular) display the predominant characteristics of this disorder – inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and/or impulsivity – individuals with ADHD have more severe and recurrent symptoms that impair their daily lives.

Recently, there has been lots of controversy over how and when ADHD should be diagnosed. As a result, it is important to carefully consider all treatment options (such as therapy and/or medications) to reach the best outcome. Search our database to find support today!

Symptoms of ADHD include:

• Does not pay attention to details and often makes careless mistakes
• Has difficulty maintaining attention during tasks or games
• Appears not to listen
• Has trouble carrying out instructions and doesn’t finish chores or schoolwork
• Struggles to organize activities or tasks
• Avoids/dislikes tasks that entail prolonged attention
• Regularly loses things
• Is easily sidetracked
• Is absentminded
• Has trouble sitting still and frequently leaves his/her seat in the classroom

• Is fidgety
• Has trouble playing quietly
• Runs, climbs or acts out inappropriately
• Complains of feeling restless
• Talks excessively
• Is always on the move
• Has trouble waiting and often blurts out answers before the teacher is done speaking
• Frequently interrupts and intrudes

Please consider these additional resources about ADHD:

ADHD: Signs, Symptoms, and Research
By the National Institute of Mental Health

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