Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Strategies

attention-deficit-disorder ADD and ADHD are disorders that cause inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity and disorganization.

Each of these characteristics play a role in both ADD and ADHD, but in different ways. For example, not all children or adults with this diagnosis have hyperactive behavior that is difficult to contain. In some cases, individuals with ADD/ADHD can be calm and collected but lost in their own thoughts. They also can be very attentive, but impulsive and unable to contain these impulses.

There are common signs across the board for ADD/ADHD individuals that are easy to spot.

An extremely common symptom is an individual’s inability to pay attention to details. He or she may have difficulty staying organized and making plans, and may also begin to be bored before a task is complete, making it hard to finish anything.

People with ADD/ADHD often experience emotional difficulties as a result of their inattentiveness and impulsiveness. Because of their struggles, people with these diagnoses may see themselves as unorganized, lazy, inefficient, and unproductive. This self-view can affect self-esteem and relationships.