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Attention Deficit Disorders in Children, Teens, and Adults

According to the National Institute for Mental Health, “Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.

  • Inattention means a person wanders off task, lacks persistence, has difficulty sustaining focus, and is disorganized; and these problems are not due to defiance or lack of comprehension.
  • Hyperactivity means a person seems to move about constantly, including in situations in which it is not appropriate; or excessively fidgets, taps, or talks. In adults, it may be extreme restlessness or wearing others out with constant activity.
  • Impulsivity means a person makes hasty actions that occur in the moment without first thinking about them and that may have high potential for harm; or a desire for immediate rewards or inability to delay gratification. An impulsive person may be socially intrusive and excessively interrupt others or make important decisions without considering the long-term consequences.” More on ADHD from the NIMH

Information about ADHD In Children

ADHD in Children: Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms and Getting Help This information defines and explores ADHD as it affects children. [Helpguide.org]

Treatment for Children with ADHD: Finding the Best Treatment for Your Child’s ADD [Helpguide.org]

Understanding Educational Rights for Children with ADD/ADHD  This helpful site explains a variety of options that can help children with ADD/ADHD get the educational help and assistance they need to succeed in school. Options such as 504 Plans and Individual Educational Plans (IEP) are discussed. [chadd.org]

Information about ADHD In Adults

ADHD in Adults: Recognizing and Signs and Symptoms of Adult ADHD and What You Can Do About it  [Helpguide.org]

Treatment of Adult ADHD: A Guide to Finding Treatments that Work [Helpguide.org]

ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life, 2nd Edition This 252 page book provides understanding and solutions for ADD adults who need help with organization.  Readers will find helpful content on organizing digital information, managing distractions, organizing finances, and coping with the “black hole” of the Internet. This resource offers three levels of strategies and support: self-help, non-professional assistance from family and friends, and professional support; allowing the reader to determine the appropriate level of support.

Diagnosis of ADHD in Children and Adults

A comprehensive assessment is recommended to diagnose ADHD in children, teens, and adults.  It is essential to rule out other potential sources of the ADHD behaviors and to diagnose any co-occurring conditions such as anxiety, learning disability, etc.

ADHD Tests and Diagnosis: Diagnosing Attention Deficit Disorder in Children and Adults [Helpguide.org]

Diagnosis of ADHD in Children & Teens [chadd.org]

Diagnosis of ADHD in Adults [chadd.org]

Support Organizations

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
CHADD is the largest support organization for individuals with ADD/ADHD and the parents, teachers and professionals seeing to support them.