Paying Attention to ADHD

By Mayo Clinic News Network

ADHD stands for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. It’s a condition that is common in young and old alike, and can occur in both males and females. It tends to start during the early grade school years and very often persists into adulthood.

There are three different types of ADHD, so not everyone who has this condition acts the same way. gtx_ads_conf.ads["ad-manager-118463-4"]= {"custom_css":"","ad_details":[{"min_width":"","max_width":"","dfp_ad_sizes":[{"dfp_ad_width":"300","dfp_ad_height":"250"}]}],"ad_id":118463,"ad_container":"div-ad-manager-118463-4","ad_placement":"in-article","ad_name":"ad-manager-118463-4","position":"in_article","article_position":1};

Losing track of time

Easily distracted

Procrastinates

Difficulty finishing tasks

Seems not to listen

pstrongPredominantly hyperactive-impulsive type./strong This is the least common type of ADHD, and when it does occur, it tends to happen in very young children. Signs of this type of ADHD include:/p

Lots of energy

Restless, fidgets, can’t sit still

Impatient

Blurts out statements, interrupts often

Aggressive behavior toward others

pstrongCombined type./strong This is, by far, the most common type of ADHD and the most noticeable. Signs of combined type ADHD include:/p

Loud and disruptive

Prone to breaking rules

Gets into trouble repeatedly

Easily distracted

Frustrated with school

Difficulty finishing tasks

p”While many of those symptoms are just the way kids sometimes behave, a parent may suspect ADHD if it’s consistent behavior lasting longer than six months, occurs at home and school, and causes problems in relationships with other children and adults,” says Schuh./ppAdults with ADHD have similar a href=”http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/adhd/basics/symptoms/con-20023647″symptoms/a, but often somewhat different problems from children. ADHD in adulthood might manifest as having problems staying organized, remembering things, keeping schedules and managing household responsibilities. There can also be issues with listening to others, interrupting, making very quick decisions and a chronic sense of boredom./ppThere are many things that ADHD is not. It has nothing to do with intelligence. Many brilliant people in our history have had ADHD, such as Benjamin Franklin and John F. Kennedy. Also, ADHD has nothing to do with being lazy, lacking self-control or not trying hard enough. People with ADHD have brains that work differently than those without the disorder./ppTreatment for ADHD can be of two types. The first involves learning techniques to help improve organization, completion of tasks, time management and strategies to improve impulse control. The second type of treatment is medication. Many people benefit from a combination of both./pp”Evaluation and treatment should be considered when the problems caused by ADHD are either making it hard to function at school, home, work or in relationships, or are causing suffering for the person with ADHD,” adds Schuh. “A mental health professional can perform an evaluation and determine if ADHD is present.”/ppIf you are concerned that you or a loved one may have ADHD, contact your health care provider team./ppSource: a href=”http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/paying-attention-to-adhd-222326/” target=”_blank”http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/paying-attention-to-adhd-222326//a/p