What are the Symptoms of ADD/ADHD?

Understanding when problems with behavior and focus might be Attention Deficit Disorder

ADD and ADHD have several distinct symptoms in both children and adults:

  • Difficulty staying focused and paying attention
  • Impulsive actions without first considering consequences
  • Trouble with organization and planning
  • High activity levels or a feeling of restlessness in some people
  • Difficulty regulating emotions

The main symptoms of attention deficit disorder start in childhood and are often are accompanied by other behavioral problems, including anxiety, mood or acting out. Many of the symptoms of ADD and ADHD are more apparent during moments of increased stress (from school or work), in group social settings, or when tasks are difficult or boring. Even if unrecognized in childhood, symptoms often continue into adulthood where the impact of ADD/ADHD symptoms have more profound consequences, especially when the symptoms are overlooked.

The externalized symptoms, like hyperactivity and impulsiveness, are easier to notice, but most inattention problems are often only recognizable with the help of a professional. In addition, young children often display behaviors similar to ADHD symptoms from time to time, making it difficult to distinguish normal behavior from those of the disorder.

The only way to tell if any combination of these symptoms are Attention Deficit Disorder is to seek a comprehensive professional assessment.

If you are concerned you or your child may have ADD/ADHD, please use our simple ADD self-assessment tool to identify the potential for ADD, and then contact us to schedule a professional ADD/ADHD assessment.


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