Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder. The core characteristics are difficulty with regulating attention and controlling impulses and hyperactivity.
Generally, ADHD develops in childhood, although it might not be diagnosed until later in life. It continues into adolescence and adulthood. ADHD affects all aspects of life, including achievement in school and work, relationships, health, and finances. It also has an emotional cost, as many people with ADHD experience deep shame and a sense of failure as they struggle with daily activities other people seem to do effortlessly.
However, the good news is ADHD can be successfully treated and managed.
Symptoms of ADHD
Symptoms related to inattention include:
trouble paying attention in school or work
the appearance of not listening
failing to complete assigned tasks
avoidance of activities that require sustained focus
being easily distracted
Symptoms related to hyperactivity include:
trouble paying attention
trying to do multiple things at once
Children and adults with ADHD may also have symptoms like:
low tolerance for frustration
"hyperfocus," a tendency to intensely focus on one task or event that precludes focus on other necessary tasks
Treating ADHD often requires medical, educational, behavioral and psychological intervention. This comprehensive approach to treatment is sometimes called “multimodal” and, depending on the age of the individual with ADHD, may include:
education regarding ADHD
Working closely with health care providers and other professionals, treatment should be tailored to the unique needs of each individual and family to help the patient control symptoms, cope with the disorder, improve overall psychological well-being and manage social relationships.
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