Attention Deficit Disorder
is commonly known as ADD. This acronym is used throughout the
medical community to refer to Attention Deficit Disorder with
or without hyperactivity. Symptoms of ADD can be different from
person to person. Some may struggle with hyperactivity, while
others may have more of a problem with impulsiveness or inattention.
The major symptoms of ADD include:
– Impulsiveness is reacting rather than acting. Those with
problems with impulsiveness may blurt out answers, even when inappropriate,
make quick decisions without considering the consequences and
find themselves spending money they don't have.
Some examples of impulsiveness
- Speaking out of turn or interrupting during
- Blurting out answers or opinions, even when
- Overextending themselves by impulsively
offering help or assistance
- Impulsive shopping or buying items when
you can't afford them
- Making quick decisions without considering
- Not stopping to check details
- Not considering alternatives
– Inattention is the inability to focus on one subject for
any length of time. Those with inattention problems may find themselves
going back and forth from lack of focus to hyperfocus. Some experts
indicate that it is not the inability to pay attention but the
inability to filter out unwanted stimulus and therefore people
with ADD may constantly be paying attention to many different
things at one time, rather than concentrating on a single thing.
– Hyperactivity is the inability to sit still. Those with
hyperactivity are restless and constantly in motion. They may
tap their pencil, fidget or get up and walk around.