WHAT ARE ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER (ADD) AND ATTENTION DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD)?
Everyone has trouble paying attention from time to time, especially during activities that are boring or not enjoyable.But for children and youth with ADHD/ADD, the problems with paying attention and getting distracted are so severe that youth can have problems with school,work and relationships.
THERE ARE THREE MAIN TYPES OF ADHD:
ADHD Attention Hyperactivity Disorder
This is the most common type, causing troubles with attention and hyperactivity.
Typical symptoms of ADHD:
Attention deficit:Being easily distracted, with trouble focusing on activities that are not very interesting or boring (like schoolwork or chores).Able to focus when the activity is exciting and stimulating, like video games or sports.
Hyperactivity:Needing to move or fidget (unable to sit still in class or stay seated in class).
Impulsivity: Tending to do things and act before thinking.
Disorganization:Often losing or misplacing things, or forgetting about homework assignments.Children and youth with untreated ADHD are more likely to develop problems with school and peers.