Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) is a neurobehavioral developmental disorder.
A person with ADHD is six times more likely to have another psychiatric or learning disorder than most other people. Many adults are undiagnosed because they have developed great coping strategies as children. Their issues may become more noticeable as they get older and more responsibilities are taken on.
Boys are twice as likely as girls to be diagnosed with ADHD, that doesn’t mean girls don’t have ADHD they’re just more likely to be overlooked and remain undiagnosed.
It is a myth that if one has ADHD one is also hyperactive. Showing symptoms of inattention is enough to be diagnosed with ADHD, not everyone will have the high-energy behaviour associated with hyperactivity.
- Attention, drive and energy
- Resilient and persistent
- Finding innovative solutions and methods
- Willingness to try new things and take a risk
- Bright, creative, engaging and entertaining
- Generous, warm, caring and considerate
- Enthusiastic and motivated with loads of energy
Some key issues faced can include:-
- Difficulty with concentration and focus such as:
- Struggling to stay focussed on task, wandering attention and being very easily distracted
- Finding it hard to go back to a task after a distraction or interruption
- Overlooking details, leading to errors
- Poor listening skills or ‘zoning out’
- Hyperfocus, on the other hand, is the tendency to become in interesting tasks which can lead to losing track of time and neglecting other tasks.
- Organisation and memory can be affected, the individual may seem poorly organised and their work space may be cluttered and messy.
- Forgetting the stage at in a sequence of tasks
- Poor time management
- Losing things
- Putting things off, having trouble starting and finishing tasks
- Difficulty keeping track of multiple task and prioritising
- Impulsivity, such as interrupting or blurting out something inappropriate
- Acting recklessly
- Being impatient
- Emotional and social difficulties, for example, being short tempered, easily stressed out
- Having low self-esteem, sensitive to criticism, difficulty staying motivated
- If experiencing hyperactivity (highly energetic and perpetually ion the go this can also result in:
- Feeling restless and agitated
- Constant fidgeting
- Excessive talking and being easily bored