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.  

Symptoms:

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

Treatment:

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

See more at: http://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/ADHD and www.mayoclinic.org/adhd