ADHD Explained

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Definition of Attention Deficit Disorder

Per Merriam Webster:  a developmental disorder that is marked especially by persistent symptoms of inattention (such as distractibility, forgetfulness, or disorganization) or by symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity (such as fidgeting, speaking out of turn, or restlessness) or by symptoms of all three and that is not caused by any serious underlying physical or mental disorder NOTE: Symptoms of attention deficit disorder range from mild to severe and always interfere with normal development and daily functioning. A diagnosis of attention deficit disorder typically requires that symptoms be present by the age of 12 and in more than one setting (such as both home and school). Attention deficit disorder may persist into adulthood, creating difficulties in one’s occupation or social relationships. While hyperactivity and impulsivity are not always present as symptoms, attention deficit disorder is commonly referred to as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

ADD: Also called: ADHD, Attention Deficit Disorder

Symptoms include limited attention and hyperactivity. People may experience:
Behavioral: aggression, excitability, fidgeting, hyperactivity, impulsivity, irritability, loss of restraint, or persistent repetition of words or actions
Cognitive: absent-mindedness, difficulty focusing, forgetfulness, problem paying attention, or short attention span
Mood: anger, anxiety, boredom, excitement, or mood swings
Also common: depression or learning disability
Mayo Clinic
Consult a doctor for medical advice


**I have lived with ADHD all my life and I have watched with heavy heart other people struggle and cope with ADHD along with those around them as a result of it, therefore please know that this site is in no way meant to diminish the severity of ADHD.


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