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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder seems to be everywhere these days. I know some adults who are self-diagnosing themselves with the condition. While the signs of ADHD shouldn’t be ignored it is still important to keep our heads when it comes to over-diagnosing a problem. We also need to make clear distinctions between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and ADD.

Attention Deficit Disorder is fundamentally the same as ADHD, except there is no hyperactive behavior. This may be the condition that many of my peers are diagnosing themselves with because I really don’t see any of them jumping around the room. Nevertheless, we tend to read too deeply into some of our own mental processes.

While it’s great to be careful, announcing that you are a self-diagnosed Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder adult isn’t really necessary and diagnosing your own child isn’t the best idea, either. Trust me; it really takes a doctor to make this kind of diagnosis. Here are some general symptoms of ADHD and ADD for you to consider.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder may be something for you to be worried about if your child or adolescent is unable to sit still or attend to a task. Now, I have seen cases in which a mother is losing her mind over the possibility of her kindergarten-aged child who is always on the go. He’s five. He still has energy. Don’t worry, he’ll run out by the time he reaches his mid-thirties.

The symptoms of ADHD need to interfere significantly with the individual’s ability to function on a daily basis. If the behavior is interrupting you child’s daily routine then you may want to seek advice from a physician. Also, you may notice that you child or adolescent is unable to maintain friendships if he has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder.

Unfortunately, ADD is a little more difficult to detect because the overt behavior exhibited by the hyperactive kids isn’t present. The child or adolescent with the inattentive-type disorder may appear normal but he isn’t really attending to the task at hand. This is a more insidious condition than Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder so it may be a little tricky to determine if you should consult a physician.

While you may be tempted to diagnose your child or even yourself with ADD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, please leave this up to the professionals. I tried to diagnose myself with adult ADD but I discovered that I’m just getting older and more absent-minded. Consult your doctor instead of labeling yourself.


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