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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is also referred to as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). Eight million people in the United States are believed to have some form of ADHD. Treatments can be effective in managing the symptoms of ADHD.
ADHD is a common childhood disorder that persists into adulthood for one third to one half of people diagnosed with it. There are three types of ADHD: predominately hyperactive-impulse, predominantly inattentive and combined hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive. Doctors diagnose the type of ADHD based on the number of symptoms present in each category.
Symptoms vary by type of ADHD. For predominantly inattentive ADHD, typical symptoms for the person include being easily distracted, missing details, and frequently switching between activities. He may also have difficulty focusing his attention on just one thing and may become bored with a task after only a few minutes –and this happens repeatedly. Inattention may also be seen in difficulty organizing a new task, or completing a task, and the results may be seen in school and in the workplace in the form of failed or incomplete assignments. People with inattention ADHD often lose things needed to complete their tasks.
The symptoms for people with hyperactive ADHD include a near constant desire to be moving; Persisting fidgeting and squirming; and talking almost nonstop. People with hyperactive ADHD persist in their movements and fidgeting even during times when it is clearly inappropriate and not in their interests to do so, e.g. at school during class or during work. This hyperactivity can make it very difficult for the person to complete tasks at school or at work.
Impulsivity symptoms include a strong degree of impatience even when this is not appropriate for the person at school or at work. Other symptoms can include blurting out inappropriate comments and acting without regard to consequences. People with impulsive ADHD can also display their emotions without appropriate restraint and they can often interrupt other activities and conversations.
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