While it’s normal for kids to forget their homework, daydream during class, or act without thinking, inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity are also signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. ADHD makes it difficult for a person to inhibit their spontaneous responses, including everything from movement to speech to assertiveness.
Early on children with ADHD may be constantly in motion, bouncing off the walls and disrupting others around them. Other children with ADHD may sit quietly, with their attention miles away.
There are three primary characteristics of ADHD: Inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. While all all three aren’t always prominent in one person, there is the possibility of having these symptoms overlap. Over a child's lifespan these symptoms may morph and change over time.
Teens & ADHD
Teens with ADHD may feel overwhelmed by school challenges and have a hard time completing school work. They may be easily distracted in and out of class and be prone to stress when having these difficulties. Their grades may reflect this, but sometimes we see them overcompensate and stay up to all hours in the night to achieve the same grades as their peers.
They may also experience racing thoughts and a deep fear of being compared to their peers which may create low self-esteem and a fear of judgement from others.
Adults & ADHD
Although it may seem like symptoms begin in early childhood, in some cases, ADHD is not recognized or diagnosed until a person becomes an adult. Adults may find it more challenging than normal to complete a task before starting a new one, frequent inability to focus or prioritize tasks, difficulty maintaining motivation and time management skills, and social. They may also experience racing thoughts and a deep fear of being compared to their peers which may create low self-esteem and a
Teens & Adults With ADHD May:
-Have trouble staying engaged
-Have poor time management skills
-Appear not to be listening when spoken to
-Display low frustration tolerance
-Constant need to be moving and feel restless
-Act without thinking
-Interrupt often, or say the wrong thing at the wrong time
-Feel disorganized and have trouble prioritizing
-Have a quick temper or “short fuse”
-Poor planning skills
-Difficulty coping with stress
These frustrations can lead to low self-esteem, difficulty with friends and family, anxiety, and depression.
Treatment can make a dramatic difference in the distressing symptoms. With the right support, individuals can get on track for success in all areas of life
Treatment can make a dramatic difference in your child’s symptoms. With the right support, your child can get on track for success in all areas of life.
If you’re interested in learning more about ADD and ADHD therapy, contact our team today for a free consultation.