Imagine for a moment how much more enjoyable and productive life might be if you were able to reduce distractibility, focus on what’s most important and enjoy greater success.
If you’re struggling with distraction, impulsivity, and restlessness, you could be one of the MILLIONS BATTLING ADHD. Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects millions of children. However, it’s not just kids who live with ADHD; an estimated eight to nine million adults in the United States (roughly 4.4%) are diagnosed with it.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.; DSM–5; American Psychiatric Association, 2013) identifies three different types of ADHD: Complete, Predominately Inattentive, and Hyperactive-Impulsive. Often the term “ADD” is used as a catchall for all three subtypes. Three core characteristics are used to identify ADHD:
• Distractibility (unable to give sustained attention to a task)
• Impulsivity (unable to delay gratification)
• Hyperactivity (unable to be still – a physical restlessness) SYMPTOMS OF ADHD Different people experience ADHD in different ways.
• Fails to give attention to details
• Has difficulty paying attention during tasks or play
• Doesn’t appear to listen when spoken to directly
• Struggles with organizing tasks and activities
• Avoids or dislikes tasks requiring sustained mental effort
Fails to follow through on instructions or complete tasks
• Loses toys, assignments, pencils, books, or other tools needed for tasks
• Frequently forgetful in daily activities
• Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat
• Leaves seat when it’s expected for them to remain seated
• Runs around or climbs in inappropriate situations
• Has problems playing or working quietly
• Acts as if “driven by a motor,” and is often “on the go”
• Talks excessively