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Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common and difficult issue. It refers to a persistent pattern of inattention or hyperactivity (or both) that is markedly different from what would be expected from another individual of the same age. ADHD is seen in 3% - 7% or school-age children, but is also known to persist into adulthood for some individuals.


Common symptoms and behaviors of the ‘Inattentive Type’ include:

  • Problems Paying Close Attention to Details

  • Difficulty Sustaining Attention

  • Poor Follow-Through with Instructions

  • Difficulty with Organization

  • Distractibility & Forgetfulness


Common symptoms and behaviors of the ‘Hyperactive Type’ include:

  • Difficulty Sitting Still

  • Difficulty Engaging in Leisure Activities Quietly

  • Excessive Talking

  • Difficulty Waiting Turns

  • Frequent Interruption of Others


While there may be a familial pattern to ADHD, its exact causes are not yet known. ADHD can be easily misdiagnosed with common other issues being responsible for the presenting symptoms:

  • Sleep Disturbances

  • Thyroid Problems

  • Lead Poisoning

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • Depressive Disorders

  • Central Auditory Processing Disorders

  • Grief

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder


These issues can be confused with ADHD, and having a professional assessment is crucial for accurate diagnosis and treatment. If you are concerned that you or someone you love may have a problem with ADHD, please schedule an appointment with one of our psychologists so that a personal and professional assessment can be completed.




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