Recognizing ADD/ADHD

Not all children who are naturally rambunctious or extraordinarily curious have ADHD . . . Nor do all disorganized adults who have many things going on at one time have ADD . . .

A professional diagnosis is the best way to determine ADD / ADHD in any individual. However, the following description, as given by experts in the field of ADD / ADHD, serves as a guide.

  • A high level of frustration causes ADD people to be impatient. Whatever is going on — they want it to go quickly and be finished.
  • People with ADD suffer from “overload”; they have a heightened awareness of incoming environmental stimuli. Their world tends to be too bright, too loud, too abrasive and too rapidly changing for comfort.
  • Unable to filter out normal background “noise” they find it difficult to concentrate on a task before them.
  • Disorientation to time and space is often a problem. For instance they may have to stop and think which hand is their right or left.
  • They may have difficulty following a set of instructions or reading a map.
  • ADD people tend to be disorganized. They have trouble making and carrying out plans.
  • Many ADD people are hyperactive.
    • As youngsters they’re constantly moving, squirming, twisting and getting into everything.
    • As adults they’re restless and easily distracted.
    • They often tend to forget appointments, to pay bills and complete tasks.
  • Because they’re always in a hurry, delays of any kind make them frantic.
  • ADD people live under such stress, frustration is difficult to tolerate, and when they’re frustrated they’re likely to become angry.

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