Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a controversial diagnosis that has gained considerable attention in recent years. Symptoms include difficulty managing behavior, hyperactivity, and difficulty paying attention and/or staying focused.
Inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity are the key symptomatic expressions of ADHD. As more and more children have been diagnosed with ADHD, the controversy around the diagnoses and treatments has intensified. The common belief is that while it is normal for all children to exhibit inattentive behavior, the intensity of the behaviors of ADHD are more severe and occur with more frequency.
Adults who suspect they have ADHD should be evaluated by a licensed mental health clinician who is well-versed and specializes in the assessment and treatment of ADHD, both the hyperactive and inattentive sub-types.
Common Symptoms of ADHD
• Severe inattentiveness
• Lack of concentration
• Poor performance at work or school
• Easily distractible
• Difficulties in organizing
• Mildly risky behavior
The cause of ADHD remains unknown at this point, although it seems possible that some individuals have a genetic predisposition.
Currently treatments focus on managing/reducing the symptoms of ADHD which in turn, should improve one’s sense of well-being. Some treatments include medication, psychotherapy, psychoeducation, or a combination of all of the above. While there is no cure for ADHD, people can learn how to manage symptoms in a way that allows them to be both successful and productive in their work and personal lives.