We all know someone who can’t sit still, never seems to listen, who will blurt out inappropriate comments or who doesn’t follow instructions no matter how clearly they are presented, or how many times they are given.
While it’s normal for to sometimes forget homework, daydream during class 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. There are others with ADHD who may sit quietly, with their attention on something other than what they should be focusing on.
There are three primary characteristics of ADHD: Inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. All three do not always appear in one person.
Those 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”
Whether or not your symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity are due to ADHD, they can cause problems if left untreated. Those who can’t focus or control themselves or get into trouble at school or work often find it hard to make friends. These frustrations can lead to low self-esteem as well as friction in personal relationships.
Treatment can make a dramatic difference in your symptoms. With the right support, you can get on track for success in all areas of life.
If you’re interested in learning more about ADD and ADHD you may schedule in with any of our talk therapists or prescribers in the above menus, who are all specialized in ADD and ADHD treatment.
If you find the person you were looking to schedule with is no longer accepting patients, feel free to contact us at 734-707-1052, Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm, and we will see if we can find any openings for you with another similar provider.