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Learn about ADD / ADHD

It is believed that 8 million people in the United States have some form of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), commonly referred to as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.

ADHD is not just a disorder of childhood. Symptoms often begin in childhood and can continue through adolescence, the teen years, and into adulthood. Adults with ADHD experience symptoms such as impulsiveness, trouble focusing or completing tasks, and restlessness.

Do I have ADHD?

All of us struggle occasionally with concentration and restlessness. ADHD, however, is differentiated by a persistent and ongoing pattern of inattention or impulsivity that interferes with everyday life.

  • Have you struggled throughout your life with poor concentration?
  • Do you have trouble getting organized and staying on task?
  • Do you find it hard to pay attention?
  • Are you frequently late for appointments, school, or work?
  • Do you feel restless and unable to sit or be still for extended periods of time?
  • Do you frequently lose things such as your keys, wallet, purse, or mobile phone?
  • Do you forget appointments, pay bills, or return calls?

ADHD is not just a childhood disorder. Finding it hard to pay attention, needing to constantly move, or demonstrating impulsive behaviors may be signs of ADHD. ADD and ADHD are treatable with the proper care.

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Signs of ADD / ADHD in Adults

ADHD can begin in childhood and continue into adulthood. There are a number of different types of ADHD which doctors diagnose based on the types of symptoms present. Some people with ADHD primarily have symptoms of inattention while others have greater symptoms with hyperactivity and impulsivity.

Symptoms of Inattention

  • Difficulty paying attention to details
  • Difficulty with sustained attention, such as with reading or during long meetings
  • Fails to meet deadlines completing projects and tasks
  • Difficulty organizing
  • Poor time management
  • Loses things frequently
  • Easily distracted
  • Misses appointments and forgetful in daily activities

Symptoms of Hyperactivity

  • Anxiety and worry
  • Hard to sit still
  • Fidgets, restless, taps hands or feet
  • Leaves seat in situations when sitting is expected
  • Feels restless and hard to sit still for extended periods of time
  • Talks excessively
  • Blurts out answer before question has been asked
  • Interrupting others during conversations

How Is ADD / ADHD Diagnosed and Treated?

There is no test that can diagnose ADHD. Adults who suspect they have ADHD should visit an experienced psychiatrist with experience evaluating and diagnosing ADHD. Your provider will conduct a thorough evaluation about what is causing your symptoms in order to recommend an effective and individualized ADHD treatment plan.

Adults with ADHD can be treated with therapy, medication, or a combination of the two. Please call 978-252-0873 or contact us for a confidential evaluation today.

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