Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder


Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a  chronic condition characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. It often develops in childhood and persists into adulthood. An estimated 9% of children between the ages 3–17 meet the criteria for ADHD, and approximately 4% of adults experience disordered attention.  


While some behaviors associated with ADHD are normal, someone with ADHD will have trouble controlling these behaviors and will show them much more frequently and for longer than 6 months.

Signs of inattention include:

  • Becoming easily distracted, and jumping from activity to activity
  • Becoming bored with a task quickly
  • Difficulty focusing attention or completing a single task or activity
  • Trouble completing or turning in homework assignments
  • Losing things such as school supplies or toys
  • Not listening or paying attention when spoken to
  • Daydreaming or wandering with lack of motivation
  • Difficulty processing information quickly
  • Struggling to follow directions

Signs of hyperactivity include:

  • Fidgeting and squirming, having trouble sitting still
  • Non-stop talking
  • Touching or playing with everything
  • Difficulty doing quiet tasks or activities

Signs of impulsivity include:

  • Impatience
  • Acting without regard for consequences, blurting things out
  • Difficulty taking turns, waiting or sharing
  • Interrupting others


MPS PLLC clinicians specialize in the treatment of ADHD. ADHD can be managed and treated via:

  • Psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and solution-focused strategies
  • Self-management strategies, including learning relaxation techniques to enhance focus and motivation

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