Last modified: February 28, 2019
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ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a condition with symptoms such as inattentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. The symptoms differ from person to person.

ADHD was formerly called ADD, or attention deficit disorder.

Attention Deficit Disorder comprises three distinct subtypes:

  • inattentive (traditionally called ADD)
  • hyper-active impulse (traditionally called ADHD), and
  • combined

Both children and adults can have ADHD, but the symptoms always begin in childhood.  symptoms vary significantly for each tupe.

The most common characteristics of those with ADHD include:

  • Poor attention; excessive distractibility
  • Physical restlessness or hyperactivity
  • Excessive impulsivity; saying or doing things without thinking
  • Excessive and chronic procrastination
  • Difficulty getting started on tasks
  • Difficulty completing tasks
  • Frequently losing things
  • Poor organization, planning, and time management skills
  • Excessive forgetfulness

Not everyone with ADHD has all of these symptoms or the same level of impairment from their symptoms.


Further Reading

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Contact a Family – ADHD

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