Attention Deficit Disorder, commonly known as ADD, has been increasingly diagnosed in recent years in children as well as adults. There are many symptoms of ADD, which by and large fall under one of two categories: inattention and impulsivity.

Inattention, the first symptom, manifests itself in many ways. Disorganization and procrastination are two of the more common. Many with the disorder also experience difficulty paying close or full attention to details. These people will often describe trouble following conversations or difficulty adhering to all the rules of a given activity. Others with the disorder are forgetful, and just as apt to miss a deadline for work as misplace their keys.

The second category of ADD symptoms, impulsivity, is as pervasive and as damaging as the first. Impulsivity symptoms include difficulty waiting for one’s turn and a struggle to withhold one’s responses.

Most all ADD-sufferers are quick to note the damaging consequences of their inattentiveness and impulsivity. Regardless of age, the symptoms usually interfere with the person's ability to function at home, in social environments, or in work environments. They also are the root cause of considerable mental distress, whether it’s the discomfort of upsetting a presentation, the panic of losing track of a task, or the embarrassment of forgetting an appointment.

Luckily, there exists a path to a better life for those who suffer from ADD. The disorder’s negative symptoms can be very effectively treated via behaviour therapy and medication. Please call to schedule a visit and I can ascertain if you have the disorder and then develop a personalized plan of action to help you.