- We all know people who can’t sit still, who never seem to listen, who blurt out inappropriate comments or don’t follow instructions no matter how clearly you present them.
- While it’s normal for people to forget their homework, daydream during class/work or act without thinking, inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity are also signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. ADHD makes it difficult for a person to inhibit their spontaneous responses, including everything from movement to speech to assertiveness.
- Although people tend to think of ADHD as a disorder that only impacts children, the fact is that about 50% of children with ADHD go on into adulthood continuing having symptoms and disruptions caused by ADHD.
- Some people with ADHD may be constantly in-motion, bouncing off the walls and disrupting others around them. Others with ADHD may sit quietly, with their attention miles away.
- There are three primary characteristics of ADHD: Inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, though all three aren’t always prominent in one person.
People with ADHD may struggle with:
- Having trouble staying focused or getting easily distracted
- Appearing not to be listening when spoken to
- Constantly fidgeting and squirming
- Talking excessively
- Acting without thinking
- Interrupting often, or saying the wrong thing at the wrong time
- Having a quick temper or “short fuse” and having a hard time regulating their emotions
Whether or not your symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity are due to an ADHD diagnosis, they can cause problems if left untreated. People who can’t focus or control themselves or get into trouble at school, work, or in social situations often find it hard to make friends. These frustrations can later lead to low self-esteem as well as friction for the whole family.
Treatment can make a dramatic difference in your symptoms. With the right support, you can get on track for success in all areas that are impacted by ADHD symptoms.
- If you’re interested in learning more about ADHD therapy, contact us today for a free consultation. We would be happy to share how we can help you or your child achieve success and grow.