What is ADHD?
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder that is treatable with medication and/or therapy. ADHD can impact both children and adults with a variety of symptoms. Common symptoms can include inattention, hyperfocused, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. ADHD displays more in males than females. Typically, we are able to identify ADHD in young children, especially when classroom work or classroom disruptions occur. However, because the word “hyperactivity” is in the ADHD acronym, it doesn’t necessarily mean you or your child will be hyperactive. Inattentive ADHD presents itself differently, typically in a child who is easily distracted and appears to “daydream” frequently.
If you suspect your child has ADHD, contact his/her teacher. Start the conversation by asking about your child's behavior, schoolwork and focus. Work with the school and your pediatrician to collect more data, typically in forms that ask weighted questions.
Many adults are living with ADHD and don't realize it. If you exhibit inattentive traits, impulsivity, trouble with executive functioning or organizing, and have time management issues you may have ADHD.
Children and adults with ADHD may be treated with medication and/or therapy (psychology, psychiatry, social skills or executive functioning therapy, etc.).
At Wellness Connection, we offer psychological evaluations to adults and children 12 and older.
Possible ADHD Symptoms:
Below are common symptoms; however, this list does not include all of them. If you have questions about the symptoms listed (or, a symptom not listed) reach out to us!
- Poor time management skills
- Poor executive functioning skills
- Difficulty sitting still
- Can't follow through on instructions
- Difficulty organizing
- Fidgets and/or squirms in their seat