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What is ADHD?

What is ADHD?


What is ADHD?  ADHD stands for “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder”.  Some people call also call it “ADD” which is “Attention Deficit Disorder”, but in medical terminology this description is no longer used.

ADHD has different subtypes:   Inattentive, Hyperactive and Combined Type, which is both of these things. 

Those with ADHD-Inattentive often have difficulty paying attention, following directions, following through with tasks and processing information.  These individuals may be disorganized and easily distracted. 

Those with ADHD-Inattentive type are often creative, intelligent, great problem solvers and very determined. 

They may struggle with change, being on time, and mood issues like anxiety.

Those with ADHD-Hyperactive and Combined Type have difficulty paying attention.  They may seem restless.  Sometimes these individuals demonstrate impulsive speech and impulsive actions.  They may have a hard time waiting their turn.  They also may frequently interrupt others. 

Those with ADHD-Hyperactive and/or Combined Type are energetic, eager to try new things, hard-working and often perseverant. 

They may struggle with social skills and low frustration tolerance that leads to irritability.  They may also have difficulty with cooperative and learning.

ADHD affects about 11% of children in the U.S.  ADHD can continue into adulthood. 

If you have any questions about ADHD, the diagnosis of ADHD or how we can help with ADHD symptoms call the Rosenberg Center at 651-636-4155.


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