We all know someone who can’t sit still, who never seems to listen, who blurts out inappropriate comments, or doesn’t follow instructions no matter how clearly you present them.
While it’s normal for people to forget things, daydream, or act without thinking, inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity are also signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. ADHD makes it difficult for a person to inhibit their spontaneous responses, including everything from movement to speech to assertiveness.
Some people with ADHD may be constantly in-motion, bouncing off the walls, and disrupting others around them. Other people with ADHD may sit quietly, with their attention miles away.
There are three primary characteristics of ADHD: Inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, though all three aren’t always prominent in one person.
People with ADHD may:
- Have trouble staying focused or get easily distracted
- Appear not to be listening when spoken to
- Constantly fidget and squirm
- Talk excessively
- Act without thinking
- Interrupt often or say the wrong thing at the wrong time
- Have a quick temper or “short fuse”
Adults may also have ADHD.
Symptoms may include:
- Difficulty staying focused
- Difficulty organizing tasks and activities
- Forgetful in daily activities
- Being easily distracted by extraneous stimuli
- Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort
- Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
Whether or not the symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are due to ADHD, they can cause problems if left untreated. People who can’t focus, control themselves, or get into trouble often find it hard to make and keep friends. These frustrations can lead to low self-esteem as well as friction in close relationships such as friends for family.
Treatment can make a dramatic difference in your symptoms. With the right support, you can get back on track for success in all areas of life.
If you’re interested in learning more about ADD and ADHD therapy, contact me today for a free consultation. I would be happy to share how I can help you or someone you know achieve success and grow.