ADHD/ADD Treatment Specialist Question and Answers
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We’ve all done it – daydreamed in class, fidgeted at the dinner table, did something without thinking, forgot our homework. But these things, however normal and mundane, can be also be signs of one of the most common childhood neurodevelopmental disorders – Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. It is also sometimes referred to as ADD, or attention-deficit disorder, but this is outdated, and ADHD is now the term officially used.
What is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)is one of the most common childhood disorders affecting a child’s neurodevelopment with, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 6.4 million children having been diagnosed in the United States.
What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of ADHD/ADD?
Many people experience periods of inattention, trouble focusing, and impulsivity, but for those with ADHD, these behaviors are more frequent, more severe and affect the way they function at school, work or in social situations. The main components of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. Some people with ADHD show more signs of inattention, others more signs of hyperactivity-impulsivity and some people exhibit both.
People with symptoms of inattention may often:
- make careless mistakes at school, work, or during other activities
- be unable to pay attention during conversations, schoolwork, lectures, or lengthy reading
- Find it hard to follow instructions and get easily sidetracked
- Have difficulty doing things in order, organizing tasks or activities, and meeting deadlines
- Have difficulty with time management
- Avoid tasks that require a certain level mental effort, such as homework, or preparing reports
- Misplace everyday things such as school supplies, wallets, keys, paperwork, or cell phones
- Be easily distracted
- Be forgetful in daily activities
People with symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity may often:
- Fidget and squirm
- Leave their seats when they’re expected to be seated
- Run around or climb at inappropriate times or feel restless
- Be unable to do tasks or hobbies quietly
- Be always on the go
- Talk excessively
- Answer questions before they’ve been fully asked, finish other people’s sentences, or talk over people in conversations
- Have difficulty waiting their turn
What Is The Difference Between ADD And ADHD?
As mentioned above, the term ADD is no longer used following the American Psychiatric Society’s revision of the criteria used in the diagnosis of ADHD, but ADD is still sometimes used interchangeably with ADHD and most people understand that the two are essentially the same. ADD, or attention-deficit disorder, was previously used to describe people (usually children but adults can also be diagnosed) who have problems in paying attention but are not hyperactive. ADD has been replaced by the type of ADHD called “predominantly inattentive”. The term ADHD became official in May 2013 when the American Psychiatric Association released the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5)”, which changed the criteria used to diagnose ADHD.
When Should You See a Therapist for ADHD/ADD?
If you see your child, or other loved one, regularly displaying any of the symptoms commonly associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, especially if they’re affecting success at school or work, or in their relationships, it is advisable to seek the professional help of a therapist. With children, teachers and other professionals can often see the signs sooner and more clearly as they are with the child in situations that necessitate attention and focus; they should share their observations with the parent(s) who can then decide the best course of action.
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