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Do I Have ADD?

Monday, 20 Jun 2011 03:03 PM

If you’ve ever wondered “Do I have ADD?” this article is for you.

Individuals with Attention Deficit Disorder exhibit qualities of inattentiveness and impulsivity. ADD may present with hyperactivity (ADHD) or without it (traditional ADD). Listed below are the major markers of ADD.

Symptoms of the level of inattention that characterizes ADD are:

• Failure to pay close attention to details
• Frequent careless mistakes in schoolwork
• Failing to sustain attention in one task or in play
• Not listening when directly spoken to
• Difficulty organizing tasks and activities
• Avoidance of tasks that require sustained mental effort
• Often losing or misplacing things
• Frequent distraction
• Forgetfulness

Symptoms of hyperactivity are:

• Fidgeting
• Inability to remain seated
• Running or climbing in inappropriate situations
• Difficulty remaining quiet
• Constant activity

Symptoms of impulsivity include:

• Blurting things out inappropriately or at the wrong time
• Difficulty waiting
• Frequent interruption or intrusion on others

ADD can present in children and adults, and the symptoms of the disorder in a child may not be the same as in an adult. Attention Deficit Disorder can only be diagnosed by a medical professional, so if you or your child is experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, schedule an appointment for evaluation. Once a person is diagnosed with ADD, behavioral therapy and medication can help to improve symptoms.

For more information about ADD, see below:

Attention Deficit Disorder: Top 5 Symptoms

Attention Deficit Disorder: Top 5 Drugs That Work

Attention Deficit Disorder: How Your Diet Plays a Role

Attention Deficit Disorder: Latest Medical Breakthroughs


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