Learning About ADD/ADHD

Overview and Information Related to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

July 21, 2010

Someone that has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) will want to take the time to educate themselves about this disorder. The same thing is true if someone has a child that has been diagnosed with this disorder. There are many different aspects to remember and it can be overwhelming for someone that does not know that much about it. Therefore, it is always best to take the time to research, and educate oneself in order to gain more control over the situation.

American Psychiatric Association

The American Psychiatric Association has created a full set of criteria that must be met when it comes to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. These criteria, along with the symptoms have been outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. However, if you do not have access to this manual, the rest of this article will provide a brief overview.

Key Symptoms/Behaviors

It is very important to understand that the main symptoms related to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is the fact that the individual who is suffering from it will have very little attention, as they are inattentive, and they may also be suffering from hyperactivity. Individuals that are dealing with this condition may have both of these symptoms, or they may only have one of them. Either way, it is very difficult for this person to focus and carry through with certain tasks because they do not have the ability to maintain focus, or they are not able to control their impulses. Both of these can cause a create deal of complications for someone that is dealing with this diagnosis.

Where the symptoms may be seen

The difficulties related to inattention are most frequently seen when it comes to the individuals school work or in different social situations that they need to engage in. Here are a few examples of some of the behaviors that may be exhibited when it comes to dealing with inattentiveness.

1.) Careless mistakes on work
2.) Uncompleted tasks
3.) Messy work
4.) Not following through with assigned tasks

There are times that some key behaviors that will help signal some hyperactivity as well. The important thing to remember is that some of these behaviors may vary depending on the individual. Not everyone will show the same behaviors and symptoms. However, the following list is a general idea of what may be witnessed.

1.) Running and climbing that may be in excess of what is normal for the person’s age or the situation.
2.) The individual will seem to be on the go all of the time.
3.) This person may talk all of the time.
4.) Seems to be into everything, all of the time
5.) Continually seems to fidget and be moving at all times

As previously mentioned, these behaviors and symptoms may change from person-to-person. It may be possible that the individual is showing signs or symptoms related to the inattentiveness and the hyperactivity. But, they may only be showing symptoms in relation to one of them. There really is a lot to consider when making an accurate diagnosis. That is why this information should only be used as a guide. Seeking professional assistance is always the best thing to do.