What is ADHD?

What is ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, commonly referred to as ADHD, is a condition marked by inattentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. While it is generally known as a disorder that affects children, adults can also have ADHD. Symptoms in adults can include difficulty with time management, goal setting, organization, and the ability to maintain employment.

A type of ADHD is frequently called ADD, which stands for attention deficit disorder. What is referred to as ADD does not contain the same hyperactive symptoms that ADHD commonly does. While the term ADD is still still often used, it has not been considered its own diagnosis since 1994. Technically ADD is a subgroup of ADHD called ADHD, Predominantly Inattentive Type.

The predominantly inattentive type of ADHD can often go overlooked, as the most noticeable ADHD symptoms are hyperactivity and impulsivity, which are not present in predominantly inattentive ADHD. Children with predominantly inattentive ADHD can appear sluggish and have difficulty processing information. They may be easily distracted and appear forgetful or careless. While they may be less obvious, these symptoms can be equally as disruptive as the more noticeable hyperactivity and impulsivity of ADHD.

For more information on ADHD in children and ADHD in adults visit Mental Health America’s website.