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ADHD/ADD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder.  It is usually diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood.  But some people don't get diagnosed with ADHD until they are adults.  ADHD involves:

  • Having trouble paying attention (inattention)
  • Having trouble controlling impulsive behaviors (impulsivity)
  • Being overly active (hyperactivity

There are three types of ADHD.

  • Mostly inattentive ADHD: People with this type have trouble paying attention and are easily distracted.  It's hard for them to organize or finish tasks or follow instructions and conversations.
  • Mostly Hyperactive-Impulsive ADHD: People with this type have symptoms of both hyperactivity and impulsivity
  1. With hyperactivity: People feel a need to always be moving, trouble sitting still, and may talk too much.
  2. With impulsivity: People have trouble controlling their actions and words.  They tend to act on sudden ideas or feelings without thinking about the results. 
  • Combined ADHD: People with this type have a mix of inattentive and hyperactive-impulse symptoms.  Combined ADHD is the most common type.

Information above from https://medlineplus.gov/

ADD\ADHD Definitions

A definition of ADD/ADHD:

"ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder.  It is usually diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood.  Some people do not get diagnosed with ADHD until they are adults."  ADHD involves:

  • Having trouble paying attention (inattention)
  • Having trouble controlling impulsive behaviors (impulsivity)
  • Being overly active (Hyperactivity)

Definition from Medline Plus--https://medlineplus.gov/

TIps to help children and adults with ADHD.

Kids:

  • Keep a routine and schedule from wake-up time to bedtime
  • Organize everyday items
  • Be clear and consistent.  Children with ADHD need consistent rules they can understand and follow.

Adults:

  • Keep routines
  • Use a calendar to schedule events
  • Make lists for different tasks and activities

Above information from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/