With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.
– William Wordsworth
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – ADHD
Attention Deficit Disorder – ADD
It is estimated that over two million children and adults in the US suffer with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), also called Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).
Symptoms in children that are of concern to parents and teachers include an inability to focus or pay attention in school, being easily distracted from tasks, and impulsivity and hyperactivity beyond what is normal for children of the same age. These symptoms are of concern because they can lead to poor academic and family functioning
Symptoms are often less evident in adults, yet they do exist and they can coincide with symptoms of anxiety, depressions, substance abuse, low self-esteem, as well as work and relationship problems. If you are concerned that you might have ADHD/ADD, please contact me for a consultation, as proper diagnosis can give you the power to effectively address whatever is causing you concern.
Symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) / Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
These are some of the symptoms of ADHD/ADD, however, it is important to consult with a therapist before determining if individual symptoms add up to a child or adult ADD diagnosis.
Attentional Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Often fails to give close attention to detail or makes careless mistakes in school work, work or other activities.
- Often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities
Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish school work, chores or other duties in the work place.
- Has difficulty organizing tasks or activities.
- Often avoids or dislikes or is reluctant to engage in a task that requires sustained mental effort, such as schoolwork or homework (ex: assignments, pencils, books, tools).
- Often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli.
Often forgetful in daily activities.
Hyperactive Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat.
- Often leaves seat in class or in other situations in which remaining in seat is required.
- Often runs about or climbs excessively in situations where that is inappropriate. In adults and adolescents, this may be limited to subjective feelings of restlessness.
- Often has difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly.
Is often “on the go” or often acts as if “driven by a motor.”
- Often talks excessively.
Impulsive Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Often blurts out answers before questions have been completed.
- Often has difficulty awaiting his or her turn.
- Often interrupts or intrudes on others (ex: buts into conversations or games).