Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder, or ADHD, has many of the same symptoms as its more commonly known relative, Attention Deficit Disorder. Symptoms include easy distractibility, disorganization, procrastination, forgetfulness, and impatience. There is, however, one crucial difference between the two: hyperactivity.

The "H" in ADHD, hyperactivity often presents itself differently depending on age and developmental stage. In children, for example, hyperactivity may manifest itself as constant motion or having trouble engaging in activities which require sitting still and remaining quiet. On the other hand, adolescents and adults with ADHD tend to experience less visible but equally problematic symptoms. Chronic feelings of restlessness or a recurring inability to participate in long sedentary activities are often reported.

Whether they interfere with functioning or impair mood, ADHD’s symptoms exert a constant damaging force on those who have it. But while the disorder itself cannot be cured, most of its symptoms can be controlled. Common treatments, which include medication, behavior therapy or a combination of the two, have been shown to effectively improve the quality of life for those with ADHD. If you recognize ADHD symptoms in yourself or in someone you love, call my office now and take  the first step on the road to improvement.